UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital

Does asthma limit your activities?

St. Luke's Hospital now offers a new, non-medicated treatment for patients with severe asthma called Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT). BT is a minimally invasive, outpatient bronchoscopic procedure. 79 percent of patients treated with BT, saw a significant improvement in their asthma-related quality of life. 

The procedure is performed in three outpatient visits, each scheduled approximately three weeks apart. The first procedure treats the airways in the right lower lobe, the second treats the airways of the left lower lobe and the third and final procedure treats the airways in both upper lobes. After all three procedures, the treatment is complete. Moderate sedation is used and the procedure typically takes less than an hour. No incision is needed, because the procedure is performed using a bronchoscope.

To request a BT consult, please see the list of providers below or talk with your family doctor.

UnityPoint Clinic Multi-Specialty                  
115 Eighth Street NE                                                    
Phone: (319) 363-3565                                          

Muhammad U. Anwer, MD                             
Hamad Azam, MD
Vijaya Gogineni, MD

Please note that individual BT treatment results may vary. BT is an add-on therapy that supplements your current asthma medications. BT, delivered by the Alair System, is indicated for the treatment of severe asthma in people 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists.