Bronchial Thermoplasty in Catawba County
Long Lasting Treatment for Asthma Symptoms
Though normally a very manageable disease, asthma can sometimes develop
into a more serious condition referred to as “severe asthma.”
Severe asthma typically affects adults and increases the frequency and
potency of regular asthma symptoms. People afflicted with this condition
require increased dosages of medication to soothe their symptoms, which
can be a burden both physically and financially.
Bronchial Thermoplasty is cutting-edge, very safe procedure that provides
a long-term treatment for severe asthma. Patients who undergo this outpatient
operation can go up to a year without suffering severe asthma symptoms.
The much improved quality of life patients experience has made Bronchial
Thermoplasty increasingly popular treatment in recent years. At Catawba
Valley Medical Center, we are proud to offer this service to people of
Catawba County and the surrounding areas.
How Does it Work?
In asthma, the airway is narrowed from an excess of swollen smooth muscle.
Medication provides temporary relief from this by reducing the swelling
and widening the airways. In Bronchial Thermoplasty, the amount of smooth
muscle in the airway is reduced, giving it more leeway to swell without
causing any serious issues.
With the removal of excess smooth muscle, benefits for patients include:
- Fewer asthma attacks
- Less time off from work and/or school
- Less need for oral steroid treatment
- Long-term relief for asthma symptoms
During the operation, a bronchoscope is inserted through the nose or mouth
into the Lungs. Once it has arrived at the designated area, it releases
thermal energy that cuts away at smooth muscle tissue. The procedure is
relatively simple and does not require the pulmonologist to make any incisions
in the patients. After a brief period of observation, patients can return
home the same day they receive the operation.
After The Operation
Please be aware that this procedure does not mean you will no longer need
to take asthma medication or never experience another asthma attack. The
goal of the operation is to reduce the symptoms of severe asthma in patients
who experience frequent attacks so they can reduce the amount of medication
they need and enjoy life with fewer asthma interruptions. If a doctor
has recommended BT to you, it means they believe the procedure will make
a significant difference in the severity of your condition.