The procedure is called Bronchial Thermoplasty, or BT, and it offers asthma control 365 days a year! BT is offered at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City through the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine’s section of interventional pulmonology and bronchoscopy.
How it Works
Bronchial thermoplasty delivers thermal energy to the airway wall in a precisely controlled manner to reduce excessive airway smooth muscle. Reducing airway smooth muscle decreases the ability of the airways to constrict, thereby reducing the frequency of asthma attacks.
The BT Procedure
BT is a minimally invasive bronchoscopic procedure performed in three outpatient procedure visits, each treating a different area of the lungs and scheduled approximately three weeks apart. After all three procedures are performed, the bronchial thermoplasty treatment is complete. The Alair® Bronchial Thermoplasty System is FDA approved.
BT Complements Asthma Medications
BT is expected to complement current asthma maintenance medications by providing long-lasting asthma control and improving asthma-related quality of life of patients with severe asthma.
BT Beneﬁts and Risks
One year follow-up indicates...
Beneﬁts of BT
BT has a stable safety profile out to five years. New research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, shows that reductions in asthma attacks and ER visits and hospitalizations for respiratory symptoms are maintained out to two years. The benefits of the procedure are expected to be long lasting.
Risks of BT?
In the period immediately following BT, a small percentage of patients experience a worsening of asthma-related respiratory symptoms.
These events typically occur within a day of the procedure and resolve, on average, within seven days with standard care.
There is a small possibility (3.4% per procedure) that the temporary worsening of asthma symptoms after a procedure may result in the patient being admitted to the hospital for management of asthma symptoms
Meet Arthur Sung, MD
Director of Interventional Pulmonology and Bronchoscopy
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Beth Israel Medical Center-Petrie Division
First Ave., at 16th St.
New York, NY 10003