Bronchial Thermoplasty is a new medical procedure for people living with severe asthma. If you are over 18, and regular asthma medications (such as inhaled corticosterioids and long-acting beta-agonists) don’t sufficiently control your asthma, Bronchial Thermoplasty may be a good option for better day-to-day breathing.
Asthmatics usually have extra airway smooth muscle, but by decreasing the smooth muscle, Bronchial Thermoplasty reduces asthma attacks, emergency room visits for respiratory problems, and time away from everyday activities, such as work and school. The benefits following treatment are effective 24 hours a day, every day.
Who Can't Have Bronchial Thermoplasty
Bronchial Thermoplasty is not for you if you:
- Have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator, or other implanted electronic device
- Are allergic or sensitive to bronchoscopy medications, like lidocaine, atropine, and benzodiazepines
What is the Procedure Like?
The procedure takes place over three outpatient visits about three weeks apart, each session treating a different section of the lungs. The minimally invasive treatment is delivered through a bronchoscopic procedure. Generally, Bronchial Thermoplasty is an outpatient procedure with the patient being under light to moderate sedation. Treatment is complete following the third visit.
Bronchial Thermoplasty is intended to increase quality of life and provide long-lasting asthma control by working in conjunction with asthma maintenance medications.