Michiana Medical Update - Summer 2013
A health and wellness publication from the physicians of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Breathe Easy: Relief for Severe Asthma Now Available Have you or a loved one frequently missed work or school, or even needed to visit the emergency room on a re-occurring basis due to severe asthma? If so, you may be interested in a new, non-drug, outpatient procedure offered at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center called bronchial thermoplasty. Bronchial thermoplasty is a FDA-approved procedure for the treatment of severe, persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids or long-acting beta-agonists. “Treatment using this procedure has been shown to improve the quality of life for those suffering from severe asthma by reducing asthma attacks, decreasing visits to the emergency room and less lost time from work, school, or other activities,” says Paul Guentert, MD. Performed under moderate sedation or light anesthesia, this minimally invasive bronchoscopic procedure is performed by a trained physician, typically a pulmonologist. The procedure is performed in three outpatient visits, scheduled approximately three weeks apart, each treating a different area of the lungs. After all three procedures are performed, the bronchial thermoplasty treatment is complete. Paul Guentert, MD Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates, PC On staff at SJRMC Am I a Candidate for Bronchial Thermoplasty? You may be a candidate for bronchial thermoplasty if you are: • 18 years or older and have severe, persistent asthma • Have asthma that is not well controlled despite taking inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting bronchodilators You are not a candidate for bronchial thermoplasty if you have: • A pacemaker • Internal defibrillator • Other implantable electronic device like a pacemaker Your bronchial thermosplasty treatment may be delayed if you have any of the following conditions: • Active respiratory infection • Asthma attacks or changing dose of systemic corticosteroids for asthma in the past 14 days • Known bleeding disorder • Unable to stop taking anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents, aspirin, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) before the procedure For more information on bronchial thermoplasty, speak with your primary care physician. Need a primary care physician? Call our Physician Referral Line at at 866-757-6248 or go to sjmed.com and click on Find a Physician. Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center I SJMED.COM 17