As someone with asthma, you are probably done with vapor medications, pill medications, and asthma attacks that land you in the hospital. Yet, here you are, still on the asthma machines or taking pills, and still in the hospital for major attacks. If your doctor has not mentioned it yet, you should ask him or her about bronchial thermoplasty. Here is more on that topic.
Creating Scar Tissue to Prevent Constriction
Asthma sufferers have bronchial branches that constrict shut when an attack is occurring. Inflammation follows, but if you can control the constriction, you can prevent a lot of the inflammation. To do that, the doctor/surgeon sedates you, then he/she inserts a catheter, bronchoscope and radio wave instruments into your bronchial tubes. (You have an upper lung set and a lower lung set of bronchial tubes.)
As the scope glides along inside your bronchial tubes, the surgeon activates the radio wave instruments to slightly burn the tissue along the interior walls of your bronchial tubes. Because scar tissue cannot contract, these burns will heal and refuse to contract when an asthma attack is imminent. The procedure keeps the bronchial tubes open, allowing you to breathe quite easily through an attack. The result is that you have fewer attacks, less pain, and almost no difficulty breathing whatsoever.
Fewer Attacks and Less Medication
When you have few to no attacks after this procedure, you will not need all of the medications you have been taking. That is really good for any asthmatic that takes steroid medications to control his/her asthma, because steroids can destroy bone cell growth and bone. Being able to stop those medications and know that you will breathe freely as well is just one of the major benefits of this unique asthma treatment.
As for patients with acute and chronic asthma, you may still need to take some medication. The procedure works best for those with mild to moderate asthma. The procedure will help those with severe asthma, but medication is the backup support to keep acute and chronic asthma cases from relapsing.
Most patients experience up to five years or more of lasting relief from asthma attacks. The bronchial thermoplasty treatment may need to be repeated later on if chronic symptoms return. Most people with asthma who have had the procedure find that they do not need to repeat it in order to continue free and easy breathing. For more information on this treatment option, contact qualified professionals like Oak Brook Allergists.