“I have patients with severe persistent asthma, where medication and lifestyle changes are not enough. Frequent hospital trips are almost inevitable, and steroid medications can have long-term side effects. Bronchial Thermoplasty is an exciting, new option for them," states Henry Ostman, MD
, pulmonary and critical care specialist. "Our first patients are seeing a reduced need for reliever medication and better overall quality of life.”
What is Bronchial Thermoplasty?
Bronchial thermoplasty is an outpatient procedure that treats severe asthma by going to the source. The lungs consist of multiple airway passages surrounded by smooth muscle. For people with asthma, this smooth muscle is more susceptible to triggers and irritants that can cause it to constrict and reduce the amount of air that flows through the lungs. Bronchial thermoplasty uses a small catheter to deliver controlled energy to the airways of the lung to reduce the amount of excessive airway smooth muscle. This reduction decreases the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways, resulting in a decreased frequency of asthma attacks.
"We are pleased to add bronchial thermoplasty to our advanced pulmonary services," says Troy Moritz, DO, FACOS,
thoracic surgeon with PinnacleHealth Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. "This procedure has the potential to enhance quality of life for patients suffering from severe persistent asthma."
Doctors perform bronchial thermoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure, under moderate sedation and the patient returns home the same day.
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What are patients saying?
Vickie Jones of Dillsburg has suffered with adult-onsite asthma since 1986.
“In recent years, the asthma has been difficult to control. I felt like I had tried every medication and inhaler available,” explains Vickie. “It was affecting my ability to work and live. At its worst, I would be out of breath just walking across the kitchen.”
Vickie completed her third treatment of bronchial thermoplasty in June and is feeling great.
“We went on vacation about a week and half following the first procedure. I was able to walk to top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in North Carolina for the first time,” shares Vickie. “I had given up all outdoor activities—camping, hiking and gardening. Now I can work in my yard all afternoon.”
Millions of patients with asthma struggle to keep their disease under control. Asthma accounts for two million emergency room visits in the US each year. Each day, roughly 40,000 unscheduled physician office visits, 5,000 emergency room visits, and 1,000 hospitalizations occur due to asthma.
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