You may be eligible for Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) treatment if:
You are 18 years or older with severe asthma, AND
You have asthma symptoms despite taking inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists such as Advair™, Dulera™, or Symbicort™.
You are not a candidate for BT if:
You have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator, or other implantable electronic device.
You have a known sensitivity to medications required to perform bronchoscopy, including lidocaine, atropine, and benzodiazepines.
You’ve been treated previously with BT.
Who performs the BT procedure?
BT is performed by a specially trained pulmonologist. If your regular doctor currently managing your asthma is an allergist, family practice physician, general practitioner, internist or other physician, he or she will be able to refer you to a BT Clinic for a consultation with a pulmonologist. After your BT treatment is completed, you will return to your regular asthma doctor to manage your asthma.