Advanced Treatment for Severe Asthma
Baylor Martha Foster Lung Care Center at Baylor Univeristy Medical Center at Dallas now offers bronchial thermoplasty (BT), which may offer life-long reduction in severe asthma attacks.
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. BT can reduce excess smooth tissue in the airways.
Bronchial Thermoplasty Procedure
- BT is typically performed under moderate sedation in three separate sessions scheduled three weeks apart.
- Each session lasts about an hour and focuses on a different part of the lung to ensure all of the affected areas are treated.
- The device is introduced into the airways through a bronchoscope that is inserted into the mouth or nose. No incision is required.
- After the procedure, patients are monitored for two to four hours and discharged the same day.
BT does not replace current daily maintenance medications but instead, work with it to provide long-term stability in asthma symptoms and lessen severe asthma attacks requiring oral steroids.
In a clinical trial, almost 79 percent of patients treated with BT reported significant improvement in their asthma-related quality of life, including reduction in asthma attacks, emergency room visits and hospitalizations for respiratory symptoms and fewer days lost from work, school and other daily activities due to asthma.
For more information about bronchial thermoplasty at Baylor Martha Foster Lung Care center, please call 214.820.3500.