New Treatment for Asthma Sufferers

Created: 09/09/2013 7:13 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Close up of a little girl using an inhaler
Close up of a little girl using an inhaler
Photo: Photo: MGN Online/Momniscient

There’s a new medical breakthrough for those suffering from a severe form of asthma.

A study out this week finds that a radically different treatment can help curb asthma attacks; it’s called thermal bronchoplasty. It’s a surgical tube that’s guided down into the lungs where it zaps excessive muscle from around the airway.

It’s the only non-drug asthma therapy approved by the FDA, and researchers say it’s lead to 78 percent fewer emergency room visits.

“It is a miracle,” asthma patient Shyla Harvey said. “I never thought that there would be a day where I would be able to breathe without wheezing or having to stop myself and catch my breath.”

One round of treatment can last years.