June 10, 2011
A new procedure to help asthma patients breathe a bit more easily is carried out at a British hospital.
The treatment, called Bronchial Thermoplasty, involves using heat to melt away muscle in airways that can block air getting through.
Doctors are excited by results so far.
They say the procedure makes a major difference to the quality of life, and frequency of attacks of asthma they have.
It reduces the impact in terms of time required at the hospital and time taken off work or school.
There are short term difficulties for patients considering there are hot tubes put in your lungs, but long term results so far look promising.
The procedure follows six years of trials in the U.K., Canada and South America.
It will be up to the National Health Service to decide whether to fund this, possibly being done on a case-by-case basis.