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New procedure offers relief for patients with severe asthma

Bronchial thermoplasty was previously only available in Kansas City and St. Louis, but Dr. Humayun Lodhi now offers it at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City.

The Centers for Disease Control reported one in 12 Americans suffer from asthma, and doctors diagnose more children and adults with the breathing condition every year.

In this week's Family First, KRCG 13 spoke with SSM Health Pulmonologist Dr. Humayun Lodhi about a new procedure called bronchial thermoplasty.

This treatment was previously only available in Kansas City and St. Louis, but Dr. Lodhi now offers it at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City.

He said it can help improve quality of life for people with severe asthma who struggle to keep their condition under control.

"This treatment option for patients who have had repeated episodes of asthma, and despite all the treatment they're getting - even all the advanced treatment, all the combination treatment - are still having these flareups," he said.

Dr. Lodhi explained the surgical procedure involves applying mild heat to shrink muscles in the airway.

"Patients who have asthma and have repeated episodes of flareups overtime, their smooth muscle that lines their airway gets thickened," he said. "So what we are really doing is narrowing that thickening of the smooth muscle, so if they do have a flareup of asthma, it's not as bad as it would have been had this smooth muscle not been narrowed by applying mild heat."

For patients who have run out of other options, he said this procedure can mean fewer - and less severe - episodes of asthma.

"We are not claiming that this cures asthma, but that it definitely improves flareups, and improves the patient's quality of life. So they spend less time in the hospital, and more time with their family and on the job," he said.

Dr. Lodhi said this is a serious treatment for a serious problem, so he suggested patients should consult first with their primary care doctors. He said if your doctor believes you could be a candidate, they'll refer you to a specialist who offers the service.

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