What are the Potential Benefits and Risks of Bronchial Thermoplasty?
It appears quite clear that bronchial thermoplasty reduces the number of risk of asthma events over the long term in the majority of patients. If you experience frequent asthma events and can’t control asthma events with the usual inhaled medications, bronchial thermoplasty may be a good option. There are some risks to bronchial thermoplasty. Remember, this is something that’s done in your lung. Things that go in your lung can trigger asthma events, so asthma during or right after the procedure is a risk. During this time, you’d be very closely monitored by your pulmonologist. Introducing things into your body can also introduce infections and treating the inside your lungs can actually produce bleeding. These are considerations that should be made when you’re evaluating the procedure, and again, can be discussed in detail relative to your specific case with your pulmonologist.