Bowling Green, Kn — TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital is pleased to announce that it is now offering an innovative procedure called bronchial thermoplasty for the treatment of severe asthmas. TriStar Greenview is the first and only hospital in Southern Kentucky region to offer the first non-drug procedure approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).

“This procedure is for patients who, despite receiving high levels of asthma medications, continue to suffer from severe asthma attacks,” said J. Randall Hansbrough, MD., PHD pulmonologist at Graves Gilbert Clinic skilled in bronchoscopy and specially trained to perform bronchial thermoplasty. “Bronchial thermoplasty can provide a life-changing positive outcome for the lifelong asthmatic patient. Being able to breathe makes what most people take for granted possible; whether it is walking up a flight of stairs or playing in the backyard with children or grandchildren, bronchial thermoplasty can make a difference.”

Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) is a simple, minimally-invasive procedure that treats asthma at the source. It’s performed in three different procedures, and each time a different section of the lung is treated. It is designed to be an outpatient procedure. During the procedure, heat energy is delivered to the airway of the lungs; reducing the excessive muscle, which decreases the ability of the airway to narrow. This helps reduce the amount of asthma attacks.

In clinical studies, adults with severe asthma that were treated with BT had improved quality of life and showed:

  • 84 percent reduction in emergency room visits for symptoms of asthma
  • 66 percent reduction in lost days from work, school, or other activities due to asthma
  • 32 percent reduction in asthma attacks

Those who suffer from severe asthma can live with a horrible debilitating illness. Breathing is something that you do every minute of every day. For some severe asthmatic, bronchial thermoplasty has the potential for them to have a normal life back. Adults suffering from severe asthma need to talk with their physician to determine whether bronchial thermoplasty is right for them.

For more information on bronchial thermoplasty, consult your physician. For further information or a free physician referral, please call the TriStar Medline® at (615) 342-1919.