Jefferson University Hospitals

Bronchial Thermoplasty Treatment

If severe persistent asthma is affecting your life despite taking daily controller medications and requiring frequent reliever medication use, Jefferson is offering a new nondrug outpatient procedure that has shown to increase asthma control and improve quality of life.

Bronchial thermoplasty, performed by specially trained pulmonologists at Jefferson, delivers radiofrequency energy (or heat) to the airway walls in the lungs to reduce excess airway smooth muscle and limit the muscle's ability to constrict the airways – and help you breathe better.

This outpatient procedure is routinely performed under moderate sedation and typically takes about one hour. Following the procedure, you will be monitored for 2 to 4 hours and discharged home the same day. To treat the entire lung, the complete bronchial thermoplasty procedure is performed in three outpatient visits, each scheduled approximately two to three weeks apart.

Call 215-955-1672 to determine if you are a candidate for bronchial thermoplasty or would like further information.