Despite medication, does asthma still limit your options?

Maybe it's time to look beyond medication and consider bronchial thermoplasty — a procedure proven to provide long-lasting relief.

For some, severe asthma systems such as wheezing, allergies, and chronic asthma attacks are crippling. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth is the only hospital in Fort Worth to offer new hope to severe asthma sufferers with a groundbreaking procedure called bronchial thermoplasty.

Unlike medications, it goes to the source of the problem, using heat to reduce the thickness of smooth muscle in the airways where constrictions occurs and is the first non-drug treatment for severe persistent asthma. The result is improved, long-term relief, including decreases in severe attacks, asthma-related emergency room visits, and severe asthma symptoms.

Five-year data from the Asthma Intervention Research 2 clinical trial found the following:

  • 44 percent average decrease in percent of patients having severe exacerbations compared to the year prior to having bronchial thermoplasty
  • 48 percent average decrease in severe exacerbation event rates compared to the year prior to bronchial thermoplasty
  • 88 percent average decrease in emergency room visits compared to the year prior to bronchial thermoplasty

Bronchial thermoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure performed in three outpatient visits for people age 18 and older.

For more information on bronchial thermoplasty, call 817-433-1837 or email

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