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What is Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT)?

Bronchial Thermoplasty

There are various types of drugs that can be prescribed to treat asthma. For many asthma sufferers, however, some medical treatments simply are not effective. If your daily activities are currently being impacted by your asthma or asthma symptoms, come to Mission Hospital in Orange County, CA. We know that managing asthma can be incredibly difficult at times, but modern medicine has developed particularly exceptional treatments that can effectively manage your severe asthma symptoms.

Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) 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, reducing ER visits, and reducing hospitalization for respiratory symptoms.

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Are you a candidate for 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.

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

The complete BT procedure is performed in three separate treatment sessions. Each procedure 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.

Other Asthma Treatment Options

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.

Other alternatives may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Bronchodilators
  • Maintenance medications
  • Long-term control medications
  • Corticosteroids

Consult your doctor immediately if you wish to learn which option is best for you.

Breathe Better Today with Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in Orange County to perform Bronchial Thermoplasty on asthma patients. To learn more about BT or to determine if BT is right for you, please consult our offices today. For a list of physicians who perform this procedure at Mission Hospital, please call our Health Information line at (949) 364-1770.