If you are taking asthma medications—but still have asthma attacks—Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) may be right for you. BT, delivered by the Alair™ System, is a safe outpatient procedure that uses mild heat to actually reduce the amount of excess smooth muscle tissue in the airways. Less muscle tissue means less airway constriction during an asthma attack. Patients can breathe more easily—and are less likely to have an asthma attack.1
In a clinical study, 79% of severe asthma patients treated with BT reported significant improvements in their asthma-related quality of life, compared with patients who did not receive BT treatment.1
How BT differs from asthma medications:
- Short-term (rescue) asthma medications offer temporary relief by relaxing the airway muscle so that it does not block the airways during an asthma attack.
- BT is not a medication, and works in a very different way to provide long-lasting relief.
- BT, delivered by the Alair™ System, is a safe outpatient procedure. Learn more about how BT is performed.
- Fewer asthma attacks means less need for the associated oral steroid treatment—and its side effects.
- BT does not replace your asthma medication. Instead, BT works with your asthma medications to give you added, long-lasting protection from serious asthma symptoms.
- In a clinical trial, BT was also proven to reduce asthma attacks, emergency room visits for respiratory symptoms, and time lost from work, school, and other activities due to asthma symptoms.1
Are you a BT candidate?
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™.
Take the Asthma Impact Survey to discover more about how asthma symptoms may be affecting your life.
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.
BT is performed by specially trained pulmonologist, Dr. Jeffrey Dorf.
If your regular doctor who is 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 Dr. Dorf for a consultation. After your BT treatment is completed, you will return to your regular asthma doctor to manage your asthma.
For help with discussing this treatment with your doctor:
- Complete the Asthma Impact Survey.
- Share your survey results with the physician who manages your asthma.
1. Castro M, et al, for the AIR2 Trial Study Group. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010;181:116-124.