For some asthma patients, inhalers aren't enough. Despite regular medicinal interventions, they still struggle with daily shortness of breath and airway constriction. For some, this condition can significantly impact their quality of life and, in some cases, can be life threatening.
That's why Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep is dedicated to providing patients with the most innovative and effective asthma treatments. And bronchial thermoplasty can take that care even further.
Bronchial Thermoplasty is not a medication - it is a safe, outpatient procedure that attacks asthma at its source. The procedure uses mild heat to reduce the amount of excessive smooth muscle in the airways. Less muscle tissue means less airway constriction during an asthma attack. Patients can breathe more easily - and are less likely to have an asthma attack.
Unlike daily asthma medications, bronchial thermoplasty continues to work for years. Bronchial Thermoplasty is an add-on therapy to a patient's current asthma medications, providing long-lasting benefits for patients, including a decrease in asthma attacks, fewer emergency room visits and improved asthma-related quality of life.
To ensure optimal results, bronchial thermoplasty is performed by a Wellmont Medical Associates pulmonologist under moderate sedation in three separate sessions. The sessions are typically scheduled three weeks apart and takes less than an hour to complete. Each session focuses on a different part of the lung to ensure all of the affected areas are treated.
The procedure is introduced into airways by a bronchoscope through the mouth or nose. A bronchoscope is a long, flexible tube with a camera on one end that allows the physician to see inside the airways. No incisions are required, and patients typically can go home on the same day.
If you have questions about Wellmont's pulmonology services, please contact us or speak with your primary care provider.
Wellmont physicians are conveniently located throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Big Stone Gap, Va.
Johnson City, Tenn.
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