Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT)
Bronchial Thermoplasty is a non-invasive outpatient procedure. It is often performed under moderate sedation or light anesthesia and typically takes less than an hour to complete a treatment session. The procedure delivers energy to airway walls to reduce some of the extra muscle present in the airways. This may allow your airways to stay open – resulting in better, easier breathing.
The procedure is performed over three separate treatment sessions. Each session is scheduled approximately three weeks apart. Our physicians and nurses can inform you of the best ways to prepare for your procedure, including ongoing post-procedure treatment.
You may be eligible for BT if:
- You are 18 years or older with severe asthma
- You have asthma symptoms despite taking inhaled corticosteroids
- You have asthma symptoms despite taking long-acting beta-agonists (such as Symbicort™, Dulera™ and Advair™)
You may not be a candidate for BT if:
- You have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator or other implantable electronic device
- You have a known sensitivity to medications required to perform bronchoscopy, including lidocaine, atropine and benzodiazepines
- You have been previously treated with BT unsuccessfully
BT is not for everyone. If you do not qualify as a candidate for BT, there are other types of medications that can help reduce or treat your asthma symptoms. It is encouraged that asthma sufferers first consider all types of asthma treatment. Alternative treatments may include:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Maintenance medications
- Long-term control medications
Consult your doctor to learn which asthma treatment option is best for you.