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Asthma Treatment

Need more control over your asthma symptoms? Adults with severe asthma can treat their symptoms with Bronchial Thermoplasty – a new, non-drug procedure recently approved by the FDA.

Severe asthma may be affecting your life if you experience asthma symptoms despite daily doses of asthma medication, including inhaled steroids and long-acting bronchodilators. West Houston Medical Center is here to help you control your unwanted severe asthma to help you get back to your daily routine – which is why we are now offering a new procedure, Bronchial Thermoplasty.

What is Bronchial Thermoplasty?

  • A procedure that delivers controlled heat to the airway walls in the lungs to reduce excess airway smooth muscle and limit the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways – and help you breathe better
  • Outpatient hospital procedure performed over 3 treatment sessions by a trained physician
  • A treatment option shown to increase asthma control and improve quality of life in patients with severe asthma
  • Complementary treatment to current asthma reliever and controller medications – not a cure or replacement for current asthma medications

How is the procedure performed?

Bronchial Thermoplasty is a safe outpatient hospital procedure performed by a specially trained pulmonologist over three sessions to ensure safety and optimal results. The sessions are typically scheduled three weeks apart. Each session is routinely performed under moderate sedation and typically takes less than an hour to complete.

  • A catheter is delivered to the airways through a bronchoscope accessed through the nose or mouth
  • The wire array at the end of the catheter is expanded against the airway wall and heat energy is delivered (65°C/149°F for up to 10 secs)
  • This delivery of energy is continued until all accessible airways have been treated
  • After completion of the treatment session, the catheter and bronchoscope are removed

The first session treats the airways in the right lower lobe of the lungs, the second treats the airways in the left lower lobe, and the third procedure treats the airways in both upper lobes of the lungs.

What are the benefits of Bronchial Thermoplasty?

  • Significant improvement of asthma control and asthma-related quality of life
  • 32% decrease in severe asthma attacks
  • 84% reduction in ER visits for respiratory symptoms
  • 73% reduction in hospitalization for respiratory symptoms
  • 66% less days lost from work, school and other daily activities due to asthma

You may be a candidate for BT if you are:

  • An adult >18 years old with severe persistent asthma
  • Symptomatic despite taking combination of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long-acting beta agonists (LABA) to control your asthma
  • Able to safely undergo a bronchoscopy procedure

If you are interested in Bronchial Thermoplasty at West Houston Medical Center, call 281-588-8282