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BALLOON EUSTACHIAN TUBOPLASTY (BET) Services Launched by ENT institute, Chennai.

To highlight the successful completion of one year since the launch of the novel surgical technique of noninvasive balloon eustachian tuboplasty for refractory disorders of eustachian tube , an awareness campaign was launched. The CE certified & FDA approved standardized eustachian balloon was used in select patients with excellent post procedure outcomes. This is a game changer in therapeutics for those suffering from repeated insults of eustachian dysfunction both in pediatric and adult age groups. The indications for such a procedure code named BET (Balloon Eustachian Tuboplasty) encompasses a spectrum of diseases like barotrauma, serous otitis media, adhesive otitis, atelectatic middle ear and failure after tympanoplasty. Once obstructive eustachian tube dysfunction is confirmed by standard of care investigations using audiological and radiological inputs , this minimally invasive surgical day care technique would be a boon for the suffering patients.

BET is more effective in barotrauma and serous otitis media , as evidenced by clinical trials and literature review. The vulnerable population in aviation industry who regularly experience vagaries of pressure changes during flying would certainly benefit from this modern method. This will also help children , who are susceptible to middle ear infections and prevent conductive deafness in the long run. Such cluster of patients are subjected to insertion of middle ear ventilation tubes through an opening in the ear drum as treatment strategy under endoscopic or microscopic vision.

Prof Dr. Sanjeev Mohanty, Senior Consultant,

Dr. Mohanty’s Speciality ENT clinics, Chennai explained and said, ‘A good pre-operative investigation test battery is mandatory to identify the correct patient indications for balloon eustachian tuboplasty . Scientifically validated tests to ascertain eustachian dysfunction must be confirmed before subjecting such patients to BET. The use of high resolution CT scans of the temporal bone to map the correct angulation of the eustachian tube and the neuro vascular anatomy of the adjacent area is an important pre requisite before the planned procedure. It goes without saying that a purposeful post operative follow up is recommended to assess clinical outcomes ’

He further added, ‘Although, the actual procedure is not very laborious, it requires proper pre-operative planning and surgical precision during the balloon inflation as there is only a single chance to use the device.’

All the patients had an uneventful short stay in hospital and they had tremendous improvement in symptoms post operatively. The surgical outcomes were excellent and post-operative period for the patients was without any complications, whatsoever.

Such innovative procedures directed at enhancing patient experience. This niche area of the often neglected eustachian dysfunction was addressed by the ENT doctors. This was helped immensely by the state of art gadgetry available at MGM and multidisciplinary team approach to help suffering patients. A comprehensive launch of such a procedure was the first of its kind in the country with the certified global accreditation standards.

Keywords: BALLOON EUSTACHIAN TUBOPLASTY (BET), Dr. Sanjeev Mohanty, Senior Consultant.

For further queries about the infections, diseases, and treatments of the ear, nose or throat, Dr Mohanty’s Speciality ENT Clinics in Chennai, India can help in a number of ways,

Dr Mohanty’s Speciality ENT Clinics

Manapakkam, Chennai, India.

For Consultation: +91 97910 74677


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