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Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) is an FDA-approved bronchoscopic procedure for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in individuals who are 18 years and older, whose asthma is not well controlled.

BT uses thermal energy to reduce the excessive airway smooth muscle responsible for airway constriction in asthma patients, thereby providing long-lasting control in adults with severe asthma.

St. Bernards is currently one of only two hospitals in Arkansas actively treating chronic severe asthma using BTGraphic

Patient Benefits

  • No anesthesia or drugs
  • Clinically proven to be safe and effective
  • Long-lasting effects

Candidate Qualifications

  • Adults between 18-65 years old
  • Non-smokers
  • Have severe or persistent asthma not well controlled by inhaled corticosteroids or long-acting bronchodilator medications

Procedure Description

A full course of BT treatment includes three separate bronchoscopic procedures: a separate procedure for each lung’s lower lobe and a third for the upper lobes of both lungs. Each outpatient procedure is performed approximately three weeks apart.

While the patients are under sedation, a catheter inside a bronchoscope—a thin, flexible tube-like instrument—is introduced through the patient’s nose or mouth and into his or her lungs, delivering thermal energy into the airways. The patient is monitored after the procedure and usually returns home that day.

After the procedure, patients may experience the temporary side effects of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. 

For more information, visit this website.

Bronchial Thermoplasty Treatment Locations 
St. Bernards Clopton Clinic - Pulmonolgy
Dr. Mark Sifford and Dr. Joshua Morrison 
300 Carson
Jonesboro, AR 72401