Bronchial Thermoplasty

St. Bernards is currently the only hospital in Arkansas actively treating chronic severe asthma using. Bronchial Thermoplasty. Dr. Mark Sifford and Dr. Joshua Morrison, with St. Bernards Clopton Clinic are the only physicians in Arkansas treating Bronchial Thermoplasty at this time.

Bronchial Thermoplasty is an FDA-approved bronchoscopic procedure for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in individuals who are 18 years and older, whose asthma is not well controlled.

Bronchial Thermoplasty uses thermal energy to reduce the excessive airway smooth muscle responsible for airway constriction in asthma patients, thereby providing long-lasting control in adults with severe asthma.

Benefits to Patients

  • Non-drug Procedure
  • Clinically Proven
  • Safe and Effective
  • Long Lasting 

The Bronchial Thermoplasty Procedure

A full course of Bronchial Thermoplasty treatment includes three separate bronchoscopic procedures: one for the each lower lobe of the lung and another for both upper lobes. Each outpatient procedure is performed approximately three weeks apart.

While the patients are under sedation, a catheter inside a bronchoscope – a thin, flexible tube-like instrument – introduced through the patient’s nose or mouth, and into his or her lungs delivering thermal energy into the airways. The patient is monitored after the procedure and usually returns home that day.

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Good Candidates for Bronchial Thermoplasty

  • Adults between 18-65 years old
  • Non-smokers
  • Have severe or persistent asthma not well controlled by inhaled corticosteroids or long-acting bronchodilator medications

Temporary Side Effects of Bronchial Thermoplasty

  • Couging 
  • Weezing 
  • Shortness of Breath

Bronchial Thermoplasty Treatment Locations 

St. Bernards Clopton Clinic - Pulmonolgy 

Dr. Mark Sifford and Dr. Joshua Morrison

300 Carson
Jonesboro, AR 72401

(870) 932-1198