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Jim Riley – Bronchial Thermoplasty for Asthma Success Story

Bronchial thermoplasty – a minimally invasive procedure that can significantly improve asthma symptoms

Jim Riley, minimally invasive bronchial thermoplasty for asthma patient Jim Riley had asthma for years before learning about bronchial thermoplasty (BT) from his pulmonologist, Stephen Mueller, MD, at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. The masonry contractor in Waxahachie was actually the medical center’s first BT patient, and a year later, he still has positive things to say about his experience.

“Bronchial thermoplasty changed my life,” Riley says. “I don’t worry about carrying an inhaler with me anymore. I don’t even think about it.”

Riley says the BT procedures were simple and quick, and he was able to return to work the next day.

Asthma no longer interferes with the hobbies he loves, including golfing and fishing.

Dr. Mueller says, “While there is no cure for asthma, bronchial thermoplasty has been clinically proven to be a long-lasting procedure demonstrating an improved quality of life for asthma patients.”

5 things you should know if you have severe asthma

  1. A new procedure called bronchial thermoplasty (BT) can greatly improve your quality of life by reducing your number of asthma attacks, asthma medications, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and days off work and school, not to mention lowering your health care costs.
  2. BT treatments are minimally invasive and typically take less than an hour. No incision is needed.
  3. BT is performed in three outpatient visits, scheduled approximately three weeks apart.
  4. Methodist Charlton Medical Center is the only facility in the southern Dallas County area offering the bronchial thermoplasty treatment and one of the few in the state of Texas.
  5. It’s easy to learn more. Find a physician who performs BT by calling 214-947-0000.

From the summer 2014 edition of Shine magazine.