Bronchial Thermoplasty™ is an investigative,
minimally invasive procedure that reduces the amount of airway smooth
muscle that is responsible for the constriction of airways in asthma
patients. Using the Alair® System (seen here), manufactured
by Asthmatx, physicians will go into the airway with a flexible
bronchoscope through the nose or mouth and and by generating and
applying thermal energy with the device, they will reduce underlying
areas of smooth muscle in the small to medium size airways. This
procedure may be useful in reducing the severity and frequency of
asthma symptoms, such as breathing difficulty, and therefore improve
the quality of life for patients who suffer from asthma.
Image Courtesy: Asthmatx, Inc.