Bronchial Thermoplasty can help patients who are:

  • Taking multiple asthma medications (check with your doctor to make sure that you are on the appropriate medication and taking it as prescribed)
  • 18 years and older
  • And one or more of the following.
    • Still having asthma attacks
    • Adjusting your lifestyle to avoid asthma triggers
    • Absent from work, school of other daily activities because of your asthma

BT is not right for patients who:

  • Are under 18 years old
  • Have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator, or other implantable electronic device.
  • Have a known sensitivity to medications required to perform bronchoscopy, including lidocaine, atropine, and benzodiazepines.
  • Have been previously with BT.

With hundreds of BT Clinics worldwide, chances are there's a BT-Certified pulmonologist near you

BT is performed by specially-trained pulmonologists, who partner with your primary care physician or allergist to deliver the BT procedure.

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The Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System is indicated for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists.

As with any procedure, there are risks, and individual results may vary. The most common adverse event of BT is a temporary worsening of respiratory-related symptoms. These events typically occur within one day of the BT procedure and usually resolve within a week with standard care. There is a small risk (3.4% per procedure) that symptoms may require hospitalization.

References:

  1. Schatz, et al. Chest. 2012; 141:66-72.