Flagler Hospital earned the
Pulmonary Care Excellence Award from a leading ratings agency. The Pulmonary Care Excellence Award recognizes
hospitals for superior outcomes in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD) and pneumonia.
Flagler is also one of the few hospitals in the nation offering innovative
bronchial thermoplasty services. This procedure is helping patients with
severe asthma breathe clearly again.
WHAT IS BRONCHIAL THERMOPLASTY?
Bronchial thermoplasty is a non-drug procedure for severe persistent asthma
in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well-controlled with
inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists.
The system delivers thermal energy to the airway wall, in a precisely controlled
manner, in order to reduce excessive airway smooth muscle. Reducing airway
smooth muscle decreases the ability of the airways to constrict, and helps
in reducing the number of asthma attacks.
This minimally invasive bronchoscopic procedure is performed in outpatient
procedure visits. Bronchial thermoplasty is routinely performed under
moderate sedation or light anesthesia, and the patient typically goes
home the same day.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM BRONCHIAL THERMOPLASTY?
Bronchial thermoplasty is typically reserved for select adult patients
whose severe and persistent asthma has not been helped by inhaled corticosteroids
and long-acting beta agonist medications.
WHAT IS THE EXPECTED OUTCOME?
Bronchial thermoplasty is expected to complement asthma maintenance medications
by providing long-lasting asthma control and improving asthma-related
quality of life of patients with severe asthma. In addition, bronchial
thermoplasty has been demonstrated to reduce severe exacerbations (asthma
attacks) emergency rooms visits for respiratory symptoms, and time lost
from work, school and other daily activities due to asthma.
Watch a video about bronchial thermoplasty below:
Image and/or Video provided courtesy of Boston Scientific Corporation
To find out if BT might be right for you, contact your
For more information about BT, you or your doctor can contact one of the
physicians performing this procedure at Flagler Hospital:
Javier F. Aduen, MD: 904-824-8933
Kishwar Husain, MD: 904-824-8666
Manoj Prakash, MD: 904-797-2338