Bronchial Thermoplasty

Patients with severe asthma may get the relief they need with bronchial thermoplasty, a procedure that involves the delivery of controlled, therapeutic radiofrequency energy to the body's airway wall, heating the tissue and reducing the amount of smooth muscle present in the airway wall.

In a clinical study of bronchial thermoplasty, adults with severe asthma who were treated with bronchial thermoplasty had improved asthma-related quality of life up to a year after the procedure compared to the control patients.

Young Ko, MD, is here to discuss while many people with asthma can control their symptoms with antiinflammatory therapies and avoiding triggers, some cannot. For these patients, there is new hope that goes hand-in-hand with a treatment called bronchial thermoplasty.