Non-drug therapy targets severe asthma
Now these patients have another option: a procedure offered at Upstate called bronchial thermoplasty, the first non-drug therapy for asthma approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
In an asthma attack, the smooth muscle that surrounds the bronchial tubes constricts, causing wheezing and shortness of breath. Thermoplasty – completed in a series of three steps -- damages the muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes so that they loses their ability to narrow the airway, says Dr. Robert Lenox, MD, division chief of pulmonary / critical care.
“Since the procedure is new, we don‘t know, but it‘s presumed the effect will probably last a lifetime,” he says. To learn more, contact Upstate‘s Pulmonary Clinic at 1-315-464-3835 or 1-315-492-5804.
Listen to an interview with Lenox on this topic
This and other stories appear in the summer issue of Upstate Health