SAMC offering Bronchial Thermoplasty treatment

The SAMC Pulmonary Medicine department and pulmonlogist Dr. Marvin Sexton have successfully treated SAMC’s first asthma patient with Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT). SAMC is one of only two hospitals in the state offering BT treatments. The other is UAB.

BT is the only FDA approved nondrug treatment for severe asthmatic patients ages 18 and over. It is a long-term solution for patients whose asthma is not well controlled with inhalers and medications.

Three outpatient sessions are necessary, three weeks apart, to treat the right lower, left lower and upper lobes. During the procedure, with the patient under mild sedation, a catheter is used to apply radio frequency energy to the airways to reduce muscle tissue which cuts down on airway constriction.

SAMC Pulmonary Medicine Director Sue Tillis said three patients are receiving BT treatments, with one having completed treatment. “All he talks about is how much farther he can walk at the mall,” she said. “It has improved his quality of life.”

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Bronchial Thermoplasty

NOW OFFERED AT Southeast Alabama Medical Center:

Bronchial Thermoplasty with the Alair® System is the first non-drug procedure approved by the FDA for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with standard asthma medications (inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists). The procedure uses a small catheter to deliver controlled energy to the airways of the lung to reduce the amount of excessive airway smooth muscle. This reduction decreases the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways, resulting in a decreased frequency of asthma attacks. In clinical studies, the benefits of bronchial thermoplasty included reduced severe asthma attacks, decreased visits to the ER and hospital for respiratory symptoms, and less time lost from work and school due to asthma.
As with any procedure, there are risks, including a temporary increase and worsening of respiratory-related symptoms immediately after the procedure that could require hospitalization. Please talk to your physician to determine whether bronchial thermoplasty is right for you and/or if you have any questions or would like more information please call 334-712-3336 or 800-735-4998.

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