Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:24 AM
Updated: Feb 12, 2013 7:25 AM
A new surgery could help asthma patients breath easier, in fact, it's the first drug-free way to relieve symptoms.
The surgery is called Bronchial Thermoplasty. It works by applying a radio frequency to the smooth muscles in the lung's bronchial passages through three different procedures. All of it is to eliminate unnecessary smooth muscles that triggers asthma attacks.
However, if you think this is a miracle cure to asthma, it's not.
"What we anticipate and hope that we will get better control their asthma symptoms and flares and appropriately reduce their medicine," says Dr. Gary Weinsten, a Pulmonologist.
About a thousand patients have undergone the surgery nationwide, including clinical trials.