Two million Americans suffer from asthma. Most people know that asthma creates shortness of breath, yet it can also create a wide range of problems that make life difficult for people suffering from it, including significant interference with daily activities and even sleep interruption. Moreover, airway obstruction caused by asthma has many additional ramifications, such as limited ability to exercise, work interference, elevated blood pressure and weight gain from certain medications.
Many who live with asthma find that standard asthma treatment protocols don’t offer the relief and quality of life improvements that they want.
Now there is a revolutionary asthma treatment, Bronchial Thermoplasty, that is a catheter-based treatment option that is done through a bronchoscope that makes airflow easier for asthma sufferers. The treatment is done in three stages, three weeks apart in 45 minutes sessions. It’s an outpatient procedure. While not a cure, it certainly decreases the vigor of asthma and greatly improves quality of life.
Dr. Ganesh Krishna, of Palo Alto Medical Foundation, discusses Bronchial Thermoplasty as a breakthrough asthma treatment. This procedure is fairly unique and offered at El Camino Hospital; it is not available elsewhere in the Bay Area except at the UC Davis Medical Center. Topics in this brief video include:
- Patient success story
- Bronchial Thermoplasty description
- Asthma overview
- Candidate criteria
- Patient benefits