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