Davis Hospital is proud to introduce Bronchial Thermoplasty, a non drug treatment that helps with severe, persistent asthma. We are first in the top of Utah to offer this innovative treatment that provides better day-to-day breathing and a higher quality of life.
Bronchial Thermoplasty is a new medical procedure for people living with severe asthma. If you are over 18, and regular asthma medications (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 and a higher quality of life.
Bronchial Thermoplasty is an innovative non-drug treatment that helps with severe asthma, by using thermal energy to lessen the body’s ability to constrict the airway. Asthmatics usually have extra airway smooth muscle. By decreasing the smooth muscle, Bronchial Thermoplasty reduces asthma attacks, emergency room visits for respiratory problems, and time away from every-day activities, such as work and school. The benefits following treatment are effective 24 hours a day, every day
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. To see an illustrated video of the procedure, click here.
Generally, Bronchial Thermoplasty is an out-patient 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.
When Should You Consider Bronchial Thermoplasty?
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Have asthma that’s not being controlled adequately, even though you’re taking doctor-prescribed asthma medications (such as an inhaler and Advair® or Symbicort®)
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