GHS now offers a new treatment for adults over age 18 with severe asthma: Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT).
BT is not a medication; it’s long-lasting relief for adults with severe asthma. BT is a safe, minimally-invasive outpatient procedure that delivers mild heat inside the airway walls to reduce the amount of excess smooth muscle tissue. The complete BT procedure includes three outpatient visits scheduled approximately three weeks apart.
Benefits for Patients Using BT:
- Fewer severe asthma attacks and asthma-related emergency room visits
- Fewer hospitalizations for respiratory issues
- Fewer days lost from work, school and other activities because of asthma
Which adult patients are appropriate for BT?
- Patients whose asthma is not well-controlled by inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists
- Patients able to safely undergo bronchoscopy per hospital guidelines
Which adult patients are not appropriate for BT?
- Those with a pacemaker, internal defibrillator or other implantable electronic device
- Those sensitivite to medications used for bronchoscopy, such as lidocaine, atropine and benzodiazepines
- Those previously been treated with BT
BT is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance (prior approval often is needed).
Ask your primary care or asthma physician about a referral to GHS Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine at (864) 454-4200.