North Kansas City Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the region to offer bronchial thermoplasty—an innovative, minimally invasive treatment for severe asthma.
How Bronchial Thermoplasty Works
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010, bronchial thermoplasty uses a flexible bronchoscope to deliver precisely controlled thermal energy to the airway walls.
While the patient is sedated, the bronchoscope is inserted through the nose or mouth and into the lungs. A catheter inside the bronchoscope then heats the lining of the lungs, shrinking the smooth muscle tissue that swells during an asthma attack and restricts breathing. Reducing the smooth muscle tissue decreases the ability of the airway to constrict, thus reducing the frequency of asthma attacks. The procedure is typically repeated over three separate outpatient visits.
Benefits of Bronchial Thermoplasty
For people with severe, persistent asthma that is not well controlled with medication, bronchial thermoplasty can provide long-lasting asthma control and improved quality of life by reducing the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. Not everyone is a candidate for this treatment. Talk to your doctor about this and other asthma treatment options.
Learn more about asthma care at North Kansas City Hospital.