Advancements in ENT – Helping Put Our Community on the Map

by Robert Bridge, M.D.

HonorHealth Ear, Nose and Throat is excited about some new innovative technologies that help us serve our community here in Arizona. Currently, our otolaryngology group in Central Phoenix is the only one in the Southwest to offer the unique services below.

Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation is a new device approved for persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) in adults ages 22 and older. A few common symptoms for treatment of ETD are persistent fullness in the ears and significant discomfort with altitude change. This minimally invasive procedure provides rapid relief over limited former treatment options.

Using a new drug for ear infections and swimmer’s ear, we’re able to place antibiotic gel at the site during ear tube placement. This alleviates parents from having to administer drops in their child’s ears post-operatively, and from having to remember the correct dosage.

Balloon Sinus Dilation is a procedure for chronic sinusitis sufferers, and it can be done in either the clinic or operating room. A minimally invasive balloon opens the sinus passages to relieve sinus pain and sinus pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. During the procdure after dilation, the sinus can then be irrigated with an antibiotic irrigation to help remove trapped bacteria. Studies show that balloon dilation keeps the natural sinus openings patent as well as a surgically created hole.

A drug-eluding sinus implant allows localized delivery of a corticosteroid (mometasone furoate) for chronic sinus sufferers with or without polyps. The implant releases steroids directly into the sinuses over 30 days post-surgery. Studies show this reduces the post-operative scarring that could lead to closure or obstruction of the treated sinus(es).

Robert Bridge, M.D., is Chief Otolaryngologist at HonorHealth ENT.

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