Bronchial Thermoplasty

Bronchial thermoplasty is a new technology provided at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Offering the hope of improved breathing for people with persistent asthma, Mount Nittany Medical Center is the only facility performing bronchial thermoplasty within a 63-mile radius of State College.

Bronchial thermoplastyImagine having severe shortness of breath from asthma, and no amount of medications and inhalants provide help. Now imagine that a new treatment becomes available that opens up the bronchial tubes, and for the first time in months, even years, you can breathe much better than before.

Bronchial thermoplasty is an outpatient procedure accomplished in three separate visits to Mount Nittany Medical Center’s ambulatory care unit. Performed under anesthesia, the process involves a lighted catheter applying heat to the airway smooth muscle (ASM) in the bronchial tubes, thus reducing the amount of excess ASM.

With a reduced ASM, it becomes less likely that the bronchial tube will spasm and close, causing a restricted airway.

Once a patient has gone through the three-step procedure, it never needs to be repeated.

Benefits of Bronchial Thermoplasty

  • Improved asthma control and asthma-related quality of life

  • 32 percent decrease in severe asthma attacks

  • 84 percent reduction in emergency room visits for respiratory symptoms

  • 73 percent reduction in hospitalization for respiratory symptoms

  • 66 percent less days lost from work, school and other daily activities due to asthma

Bronchial thermoplasty is offered at Mount Nittany Physician Group Pulmonary Medicine. For more information, call 814.234.8800 or visit