If asthma is controlling how you live your life perhaps it's time to look beyond medication alone. Bronchial Thermoplasty can help adults with poorly controlled severe asthma take control of their symptoms.
People with severe asthma have an excess of smooth muscle tissue lining their airways. During an asthma attack, this muscle constricts the airways, making breathing difficult. Bronchial thermoplasty reduces the amount of excess muscle and helps minimize the narrowing of your airways during an asthma attack.
If you are an adult and answer "yes" to the following questions, you might be a candidate for bronchial thermoplasty.
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Bronchial thermoplasty is an outpatient bronchoscopy procedure. It uses mild heat to reduce excessive smooth muscle in the airways, which helps reduce severe asthma attacks. Three treatments, delivered in three-week intervals on an outpatient basis, send therapeutic radiofrequency energy to airway walls through a catheter from a bronchoscope, which is introduced through the nose or mouth, into the airways of the lungs. The catheter provides a series of 10-second, temperature-controlled energy bursts that heat the airway smooth muscle to 65 degrees Celsius. This heat treatment reduces the smooth muscle tissue that constricts during an asthma attack. In turn, the airway has a larger opening reducing the severity and frequency of exacerbations.