Bronchial Thermoplasty

About 10% of adults living in Kansas City have asthma. When asthma it can’t be controlled with medication, it may be classified as severe asthma.

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.


bronchial thermoplasty

Bronchial thermoplasty can reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks, meaning you get long-lasting asthma control and improved quality of life by. After one year, people with severe asthma who were treated with BT experienced:

• Fewer asthma attacks
• Fewer ER visits
• Fewer absences

How It Works

Under moderate sedation, a pulmonologist inserts a flexible bronchoscope through the nose or mouth into the patient’s lungs. A catheter inside the bronchoscope 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 repeated over three separate outpatient visits. Each session usually takes less than an hour.

Watch a video of the procedure.

Video provided courtesy of Boston Scientific Corporation.

Insurance Coverage

Bronchial thermoplasty is FDA-approved and covered by most insurance companies. However, not everyone is a candidate for the treatment. Talk with your doctor about this and other asthma treatment options.

Explore our other asthma care services.

Meritas Health Pulmonary Medicine

To make an appointment, call 816.691.5098.

Andrea Anthony, MD

Andrea Anthony

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