Bronchial Thermoplasty is a new and safe, outpatient procedure performed by Dr. Avi Ishaaya to treat severe persistant asthma in adults 18 and older using the new Alair System.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease in the lungs where the airways can become smaller or narrower and make it harder to breathe. Triggers causing the airways to narrow are different for each person, and can include: allergens, irritants, exercise, respiratory infections, and weather/cold air. Asthma significantly impacts quality of life and can be life-threatening.
What is bronchial thermoplasty?
It’s a procedure that delivers controlled heat to the airway walls in the lungs to limit the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways – and help you breathe better. Bronchial thermoplasty is an outpatient hospital procedure performed over 3 treatment sessions by Dr. Avi Ishaaya, which has been shown to increase asthma control and improve quality of life in patients with severe asthma.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The bronchial thermoplasty procedure is performed by Dr. Avi Ishaaya, a specially trained pulmonologist with 17 years experience, at the Miracle Mile Surgical Center. The procedure typically takes less than an hour. Following the procedure, you will be monitored for 2-4 hours and can go home the same day. To treat the entire lung, the complete procedure is performed in 3 outpatient procedure visits, each scheduled approximately 3 weeks apart.
What are the Benefits of Bronchial Thermoplasty?
Bronchial thermoplasty has been shown to improve asthma-related quality of life and asthma control – including decreased severe asthma attacks, reduced ER visits and hospitalization for respiratory symptoms and less days lost from work, school and other daily activities due to asthma. Severe asthma treatment can greatly impact the quality of your life in a positive way.
Is Bronchial Thermoplasty Covered By Insurance?
Coverage policies and payment varies by payer. We will contact your insurance company prior to having bronchial thermoplasty to confirm coverage and payment and to obtain pre-authorization as needed. Bronchial thermoplasty has been pre-authorized on a case-by-case basis by several payers.