New Procedure Helps Patients with Severe Asthma Breathe Easier
BT is a simple, minimally invasive procedure. It’s performed in three different parts, and each time a different section of the lung is treated. BT is designed to be an outpatient procedure. The Boston Scientific Alair® Bronchial Thermoplasty System delivers heat energy to the airway of the lungs; reducing the excessive muscle, which decreases the ability of the airway to narrow. This helps reduce the amount of asthma attacks.
“Asthma affects many people in this country, and often is undertreated by physicians,” says Ravi Kalhan, MD, pulmonologist and director of the asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) program at Northwestern Memorial. “The bronchial thermoplasty procedure offers our patients with severe refractory asthma an option that may improve their quality of life. This is an important addition to the available therapies for this common condition.”
In a clinical study, adults with severe asthma that were treated with BT had improved quality of life.
- 84% reduction in emergency room visits for symptoms of asthma
- 73% reduction in hospital visits for symptoms of asthma
- 66% reduction in lost days from work, school, or other activities due to asthma
- 32% reduction in asthma attacks
Learn more about Pulmonology and Critical Care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. To make an appointment with a physician, please call 312.926.0779.