Bronchial Thermoplasty and Other Innovative Asthma Treatments
Norton Pulmonary Specialists have the training and experience to provide innovative asthma treatment, such as bronchial thermoplasty, to patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
The board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians at Norton Pulmonary Specialists can provide a precise diagnosis for your asthma and develop a customized treatment plan.
Our interventional pulmonologists perform bronchial thermoplasty, a revolutionary and minimally invasive treatment for severe asthma that reduces the rate of asthma attacks. Bronchial thermoplasty can help you if you have persistent, severe asthma.
Your pulmonologist uses a bronchoscope — a small flexible tube — to reach areas of your respiratory system where your airways are prone to constriction from excess smooth muscle. While you are sedated, the pulmonologist threads the bronchoscope through your mouth or nose and delivers a controlled dose of mild heat to the troublesome area.
The treatment typically helps control asthma for up to a year, with fewer severe attacks and fewer asthma symptoms.
Bronchial thermoplasty takes about an hour to complete, with no incision. Patients typically are monitored for up to four hours before going home the same day. Asthma symptoms may worsen for a few days following the treatment before longer-term improvement is noticeable.
Leading-edge Asthma Treatment and Testing
Norton Pulmonary Specialists has a large research department and participates in many research trials, so you have access to the latest asthma treatments.
We can make a more precise asthma diagnosis by conducting “FeNO” testing to measure nitric oxide. Inflammation produces nitrous oxide gas. Measuring how much of it you exhale in a FeNO test gives a clear indication of how much inflammation you have. It also shows how effectively steroids and other treatments have reduced inflammation.
We’re also experienced in the latest medicine therapies, such as a new biologic class of medications to treat asthma symptoms.