Mission Hospital Now Offers A New Procedure For Severe Asthma
Bronchial Thermoplasty is a new, non-drug treatment recently approved by the FDA 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, and reducing ER visits and hospitalization for respiratory symptoms.
The complete Bronchial Thermoplasty procedure is performed in 3 separate treatment sessions each scheduled approximately 3 weeks apart. 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 more open and help you breathe better.
Mission Hospital is the first hospital in Orange County to perform Bronchial Thermoplasty. To learn more about Bronchial Thermoplasty email Mission.Info@stjoe.org or for a list of physicians that perform this procedure at Mission Hospital, call our Health Information line at (949) 364-1770.