Bronchial Thermoplasty

Bronchial Thermoplasty is a an outpatient bronchoscope 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 and improved quality of life.

 

Who should have this treatment?

This treatment is for those who have severe persistent asthma that are 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long acting beta agonists (LABA).

 

Who cannot have this treatment?

You cannot have this treatment if you have:

  • An implant with electronics, such as a pacemaker.  The BT may keep the implant from working correctly.
  • Problems taking certain medicines.  If you have ever had a problem taking any kind of medicines, your doctor will need to ensure that the medicine he or she uses will not hurt you.
  • Have had this treatment before.  Discuss with your doctor that you have had the Bronchial Thermoplasty before.
  • You cannot have this treatment if you are less than 18 years old.  No one has tested BT in patients younger than 18 years.

For more information about bronchial thermoplasty at Winchester Medical Center, call 540.536.7087 or email us at bronchial@valleyhealthlink.com.