Bronchial Thermoplasty

People who suffer from severe asthma can now breathe easier thanks to bronchial thermoplasty (BT).

Real benefits for clinicians

After receiving bronchial ther­mo­plasty, patients could breathe easier and were less depen­dent on steroids or albuterol inhalers, allowing them to return to their work and family.”

Antonios Zikos, DO – Clinical Lead
Allegheny Health Network Pulmonary Disease Specialist

Improved patient experiences

  • 83% of partic­i­pants reported lower costs after three months of BT
  • 62% projected savings over 2-​year measure­ment
  • 79% of patients who were treated with BT reported a signif­i­cant improve­ment in their asthma-​related quality of life1
  • BT patients saw a substan­tial decrease in the number of unsched­uled doctor visits, hospi­tal­iza­tion, and days lost from work and other activ­i­ties

A VITAL collaboration

Through VITAL’s collab­o­ra­tion with Boston Scientific and Allegheny Health Network doctors, asthma patients now have another option for relieving their symp­toms that cannot be controlled with medi­cine.

Boston Scientific’s Alair™ BT system is meant to work in conjunc­tion with patients’ main­te­nance medica­tion. It helps provide long-​term stability, so they have fewer attacks.

The inno­v­a­tive alter­na­tive BT tech­nique not only improves lives, it is mini­mally inva­sive for patients. They undergo three sepa­rate 30-​minute outpa­tient treat­ments that focus on different areas of the lungs.

Doctors insert the BT device with a bron­cho­scope through the nose or mouth. Mild heat is applied to the airway to reduce excess smooth muscle. This mini­mizes its narrowing during an asthma attack and makes it easier for the patient to breathe.

Asthma is a major health concern that affects more than 25 million Americans. Poorly controlled asthma impacts a person’s quality of life, increases health care utiliza­tion, and imposes social and economic burdens.