Lake Area Medical

Lake Area Medical

Brad Lebert, MD, Otolaryngologist (ENT), offers the area’s first Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation procedure at Lake Area Medical Center, six months following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for U.S. availability of the ACCLARENT AERA™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System.

Brad LeBert, MD, a local ENT and an independent member of the medical staff, recently performed the first procedure at Lake Area Medical Center.

ACCLARENT AERA™ is the only balloon dilation device that offers a minimally-invasive option to treat the source of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD), a condition often marked by ear pain, pressure and dulled hearing.
ETD is a condition that affects up to 5 percent of adults. Eustachian tubes are typically responsible for equalizing pressure in the middle ear, but when the tube is not functioning properly, patients may feel pain, pressure, or a sense of fullness or clogging. People with ETD may also experience hearing loss or
ringing in the ear.

According to Dr. Brad LeBert, “Previously, we were able to treat ETD with medications or surgery with ear tubes. The placement of ear tubes helps to ‘vent’ the middle ear space, but never really addresses the underlying problem of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. This potentially could lead patients to develop
chronic ear symptoms, such as ear pressure and decreased hearing, middle ear effusions, ear infection, and related long-term complications. This procedure gives ENT surgeons a

This procedure gives ENT surgeons a minimally-invasive and
clinically-superior option for treating ETD that goes beyond just managing the symptoms.” The procedure involves inserting a small balloon through the patient’s nose and into the Eustachian
tube. Once inflated, the balloon opens up a pathway for mucus and air to flow through the Eustachian tube, which may help restore proper function.

The ACCLARENT AERA™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System also offers the necessary flexibility to adapt to individual Eustachian tube anatomy which helps
ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons minimize trauma through precise access and positioning. After the Eustachian tube is dilated, the surgeon will deflate and remove the balloon.
Additional ENT providers who are trained on Acclarent technology and perform this procedure at Lake Area Medical Center include Bridget Loehn, MD and Blake LeBlanc, MD, both independent members of LAMC’s medical staff.


For more information please contact one of the ENT physicians mentioned above or visit


About Acclarent, Inc.

Acclarent, Inc., part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, is located in Irvine, CA. Its singular focus is to free patients to live better lives by designing, developing and commercializing medical devices that address conditions affecting the ear, nose and throat. For more information, visit


About Lake Area Medical Center

Lake Area Medical Center (LAMC) is a full-service acute care hospital located at 4200 Nelson Road in Lake Charles, Louisiana.   Lake Area Medical Center is the area’s preferred leader for Women’s Services and offers inpatient, outpatient, medical and surgical care for men, women and children.   LAMC is an accredited Bariatric Surgery Center and is equipped with a 24-hour physician-staffed Emergency Department and a Level 3 Neonatal ICU.   Lake Area Medical Center is recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine as a 2015 Best Places to Work in Healthcare and a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures® from The Joint Commission.   For more information about LAMC, visit

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