Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT)

Also known as: Asthma treatment

We know that managing asthma can be incredibly difficult at times. If your daily activities are impacted by your asthma, Providence can help by providing exceptional treatments to manage your severe asthma and asthma symptoms.
Bronchial Thermoplasty is a non-drug treatment for severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older, whose asthma is not well controlled with medication. This clinically proven procedure has been shown to improve asthma-related quality of life and asthma control, including decreasing the number of severe asthma attacks, reducing ER visits, and reducing hospitalization for respiratory symptoms.

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
  • Bronchodilators
  • Maintenance medications
  • Long-term control medications
  • Corticosteroids

Consult your doctor to learn which asthma treatment option is best for you.