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Bronchial Thermoplasty: 201-894-3156

For adults 18 years and older who suffer from severe, persistent asthma despite taking daily medications, Englewood Hospital offers a new outpatient procedure called bronchial thermoplasty delivered by the Alair® System. Bronchial thermoplasty has been clinically proven to be a long-lasting procedure that reduces:

  • Asthma attacks

  • Emergency room visits for respiratory symptoms

  • Hospitalizations for respiratory symptoms

  • Days lost from work, school or other activities due to asthma

Bronchial thermoplasty with the Alair® System is the first non-drug procedure approved by the FDA for adult patients whose asthma is not well controlled with standard asthma medications (inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists).  The procedure uses a small catheter to deliver controlled energy to the airways of the lung to reduce the amount of excessive airway smooth muscle.  This reduction decreases the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways, resulting in a decreased frequency of asthma attacks.

In the period immediately following bronchial thermoplasty, there was an expected increase in the frequency and worsening of respiratory-related symptoms which typically resolved on average seven days after the procedure with standard care.

If you are interested in learning more about this new procedure for severe asthma or would like to be seen by a physician offering bronchial thermoplasty please contact us at Janet.Castronovo@ehmc.com or 201.894.3156.