Over 20 million Americans live with asthma every day and are aware of their symptoms throughout the year. Methodist Charlton Medical Center is now offering the first non-drug procedure approved by the FDA for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older. The Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System can make a big difference in the lives of those whose asthma is not well-controlled with standard asthma medications. In addition to reducing asthma attacks, the number of asthma medications, emergency department visits, hospitalization, days off work and school, and healthcare costs, the procedure can greatly improve the patient’s quality of life. Methodist Charlton is the only facility in the southern Dallas County area offering the treatment, and one of the few in the state of Texas.
Jim Riley, a masonry contractor in Waxahachie, suffered with asthma for years before learning about Bronchial Thermoplasty from his pulmonologist, Stephen Mueller, MD, an independently practicing physician on the medical staff at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. He says the procedure was simple and quick, and he returned to work the next day. Riley encourages others who are taking asthma medications but not receiving relief from their symptoms to consider Bronchial Thermoplasty. “I think it’s a good thing,” Riley says.
Bronchial Thermoplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure performed in three outpatient visits, each treating a different area of the lungs and scheduled approximately three weeks apart. The procedure is performed with a long, flexible tube called a bronchoscope that is inserted through the mouth or nose and allows the physician to see inside the airways. The device applies mild heat inside the airways to reduce excessive muscle tissue, which helps minimize airway constriction. No incision is needed. Each session is routinely performed under sedation and typically takes less than an hour. After all three procedures are performed; the treatment is complete.
“Asthma is a respiratory disease that causes the airways in the lungs to swell and narrow, making it difficult to breathe,” says Dr. Mueller. “While there is no cure for asthma, Bronchial Thermoplasty has been clinically proven to be a long-lasting procedure demonstrating an improved quality of life for asthma patients.”
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), asthma accounts for approximately 13 million asthma attacks, 2 million emergency room visits, 500,000 hospitalizations and 4,000 deaths each year.
For more information, call 214-947-0000, or visit www.methodisthealthsystem.org/bronchialthermoplasty
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Lynette Wilkinson, APR