Outpatient Procedure for Asthma
For those adults taking multiple asthma medications but still having asthma attacks, making lifestyle changes to avoid asthma triggers, or missing work, school, or daily activities because of asthma, a new treatment available at Lakeland Health may help.
Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT), delivered by the Alair™ System, is an outpatient procedure for adult patients with severe asthma. BT is performed through three procedures, once every three weeks, to reduce the amount of excess smooth-muscle tissue in the airways. With less of this tissue, the airways constrict less, reducing asthma attacks, making breathing easier and improving quality of life.
Bronchial Thermoplasty patients report a significant improvement in their asthma-related quality of life. There is a significant reduction in asthma attacks and emergency room visits that extend through a five-year follow-up period by current studies.