Led by Dr. Jonathan Pulchalski, a patient undergoes bronchial thermoplasty for the treatment of persistent asthma in the bronchoscopy suite in the Yale New Haven Hospital. This innovative procedure is only one of the many available treatment options that asthma sufferers may be advised to pursue at the YCAAD.
The Alair® Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) System is the first device-based asthma treatment approved by the FDA and has been shown to help adults with severe asthma gain better control of their disease.
BT uses a small, flexible tube (a bronchoscope), that is inserted through the mouth or nose and guided into the lungs. When the bronchoscope reaches the desired airway, a catheter applies controlled energy to the airway wall to reduce the amount of excess airway smooth muscle. A reduction of airway smooth muscle decreases the ability of the airways to constrict, thereby reducing the frequency of asthma attacks and improving patients quality of life.
A typical BT treatment session lasts less than an hour to complete and a total of three treatment sessions is required to treat the entire lung.