Bronchial Thermoplasty

 

Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) delivered by the Alair™ System is a safe, effective and proven medical device procedure used as a treatment option for adults suffering from severe asthma. Clinical studies have proven that the BT procedure can reduce asthma attacks and emergency rooms visits for at least 5 years in adult patients with severe asthma. It is shown to improve asthma‐related quality of life for people living with the disease. In fact, 79% of patients treated with BT saw a significant improvement in their asthma‐related quality of life.1

BT reduces asthma attacks by reducing airway smooth muscle. With less smooth muscle, the airways constrict less, reducing asthma attacks and making breathing easier. Fewer asthma attacks means less need for the associated oral steroid treatment and its side effects.

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As with any procedure, there are risks, and individual results may vary. The most common side effect of BT is temporary worsening of respiratory‐related symptoms. This side effect typically occurs within a day of the procedure and resolves within 7 days (on average) with standard care. There is a small (3.4% per procedure) risk of these symptoms requiring hospitalization.

BT is clinically proven to reduce asthma attacks for at least 5 years

  • 66% fewer days lost from work, school and daily activities due to asthma.1
    Reductions in asthma attacks and ER visits were shown to extend through a 5-year follow-up period.2
  • 32% decrease in severe asthma attacks 1
  • 84% reduction in emergency room visits for respiratory-related symptoms.1
  • 79% of patients who were treated with BT reported a significant improvement in their asthma-related quality of life.1

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Alair™ System in 3 outpatient sessions

Bronchial Thermoplasty is delivered by the Alair™ System in 3 outpatient sessions performed by a BT-certified pulmonologist.

  • Each session treats a different part of the lung to ensure safety.
  • During the procedure, a carefully controlled device delivers mild heat to the smooth muscle of the airways in your lungs, reducing the amount of excessive smooth muscle.
  • No incision is needed; BT is performed with a bronchoscope inserted through the nose or mouth.
  • When your BT treatment is complete, you will return to your regular physician to continue managing your asthma.

Side effects and things to know

As with any procedure, there are risks, and individual results may vary. The most common side effect of BT is temporary worsening of respiratory-related symptoms. This side effect typically occurs within a day of the procedure and resolves within 7 days (on average) with standard care. There is a small (3.4% per procedure) risk of these symptoms requiring hospitalization.1

Your BT treatment will be delayed if you currently have any of the following conditions:

  • An active respiratory infection.
  • A bleeding disorder.
  • An asthma attack in the past 14 days.
  • An increased or decreased dose of the oral steroids for asthma in the past 14 days.
  • Your doctor says you cannot stop taking the following medications prior to the BT procedure: anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS).

You are not a candidate for BT if you:

  • Are under 18 years old.
  • Have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator or other implantable electronic device.
  • Have a known sensitivity to medications required to perform bronchoscopy, including lidocaine, atropine and benzodiazepines.
  • Have been treated previously with BT.
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BT can help patients who are:

Taking multiple asthma medications. Check with your doctor to make sure you are on the appropriate medication and taking it as prescribed. It's also ideal if you are:

  • Still having asthma attacks.
  • Adjusting your lifestyle to avoid asthma triggers.
  • Absent from work, school or other daily activities because of your asthma.

BT is not right for patients who:

  • Are under 18 years old.
  • Have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator or other implantable electronic device.
  • Have a known sensitivity to medications required to perform bronchoscopy, including lidocaine, atropine and benzodiazepines.
  • Have been treated previously with BT.

Alair™ Bronchial Thermoplasty System

Bronchial Thermoplasty is delivered by the Alair™ System in 3 outpatient sessions performed by a BT-certified pulmonologist. The Alair™ Bronchial Thermoplasty System is indicated for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists. As with any procedure, there are risks, and individual results may vary. The most common adverse event of BT is a temporary worsening of respiratory-related symptoms. These events typically occur within one day of the BT procedure and usually resolve within a week with standard care. There is a small risk (3.4% per procedure) that symptoms may require hospitalization.1