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Drug-Eluting ET Stents

What is a drug-eluting stent?

Drug-eluting stents in the Eustachian tube emit a steroid medication to decrease swelling, congestion, and obstruction of the lining. The stent is fully dissolvable, and usually is absorbed by one week.

What are the benefits of using the drug-eluting stent for the Eustachian tube?

Many people suffer from Eustachian tube dysfunction and do not get relief from medical therapy such as nasal sprays and decongestants. This may be because inflammation and swelling are too severe, or because the nasal sprays cannot reach the Eustachian tube.

By inserting a stent through the Eustachian tube opening, the deeper parts of the tube are treated and mechanically opened with the stent. This results in resolution of Eustachian tube swelling.

How is the procedure performed?

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and there are no incisions made. The entire procedure is performed through the nose, with the use of an endoscopic camera. The patient will go home the same day, and usually has minimal pain or side effects.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for the drug-eluting Eustachian tube stent?

If your doctor has diagnosed you with Eustachian tube dysfunction and you have had minimal relief of symptoms with medical therapy, the drug-eluting stent may be a good option. Consultation with an otologist will help you determine if this procedure can alleviate your symptoms.


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