Port Huron Hospital is pleased to offer a new, innovative procedure for patients whose severe asthma is currently not being controlled by daily asthma medications. Bronchial thermoplasty, an outpatient bronchoscopy procedure, complements current prescriptions that can be taken to maintain asthma by providing long lasting asthma control and leading to overall improvement of life for patients suffering from severe asthma.
Bronchial thermoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers heat to the airway walls in the lungs, which has been shown to limit the ability of the airway smooth muscles to constrict and narrow the airways. As a result, patients treated with bronchial thermoplasty have been shown to have a decrease in severe asthma attacks.
Bronchial thermoplasty is performed over three separate outpatient surgical visits in which the patient requires moderate sedation. During the procedure, a catheter is inserted through the nose or mouth that reaches the lungs that carries the thermal energy along the patient’s airway to decrease the amount of airway smooth muscle. The reduction of airway smooth muscle reduces the patient’s airways to constrict, which ultimately lessens the likelihood of asthma attacks.
A total of three separate procedures are needed and each targets a different area of the lung. Each procedure is scheduled about three weeks apart. The thermal energy is transmitted in 10 second intervals. After all three procedures, treatment is complete.
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Bronchial thermoplasty has been clinically proven to be a long-lasting procedure demonstrating the following benefits in the first year of follow-up:
In addition, reductions in asthma attacks, ER visits, and hospitializations decreased significantly after year two, because respiratory symptoms were maintained.