New Surgery Heals Asthma Patients

by Sheela Philomena on  June 10, 2011 at 12:21 PM Respiratory Disease News
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A novel surgery that uses radio waves shows effective results in asthma patients and help patients to lead a normal life.

Repeated asthma attacks cause lung tissue to thicken but the new treatment 'burns' this away, opening up airways to make breathing easier, reports the Daily Mail.
 New Surgery Heals Asthma Patients
New Surgery Heals Asthma Patients
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The 'bronchial thermoplasty' procedure was carried out last week on a middle-aged woman at Wythenshawe hospital in Manchester.

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In the surgery, a tube is inserted through the patient's nose and down into their lungs.

A wire with a basket-like structure at the end is fed down the tube and heated up, producing radio waves to burn away tissue in blocked airways.

The operation takes an hour and is repeated a month and then two months later until nearly all of the inflamed airways are treated.

"It's very exciting. It may be a new option for patients with severe asthma who have symptoms despite use of drug therapies," said Rob Niven, a consultant chest physician who carried out the surgery last week.

However, the treatment is suitable only for severe sufferers.

Source: ANI
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