Seventeen million adults struggle with asthma in the
Most of those people can help control their symptoms
with medicine .
but for about 5 percent of asthma sufferers .
But now for the first time .
there is a surgical procedure that's helping patients
Martie Salt has more.
Baking is something me and my girls do a lot.
THIRTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD JENN MCBRIDE SPENDS A LOT OF
TIME IN THE KITCHEN.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS, EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES DON'T
WEAR HER OUT.
I just couldn't get through the day because I couldn't
JENN HAD ASTHMA SINCE SHE WAS 21, BUT FOUR YEARS AGO
SHE GOT PNEUMONIA.
AFTER THAT, NO MATTER WHAT DOCTORS PRESCRIBED, HER
AIRWAYS WERE OFTEN INFLAMED.
From that point on, around every six weeks I would
either come down with bronchitis or another case of
DOCTOR ANTHONY ZIKOS ZEE-kohs OFFERED ANOTHER OPTION,
A NEW F-D-A-APPROVED
TREATMENT CALLED BRONCHIAL THERMOPLASTYTHERM-oh-plas-tee.
DURING THE PROCEDURE DOCTORS PUT A BRONCHOSCOPE AND
A FLEXIBLE CATHETER THROUGH A PATIENT'S MOUTH INTO
THE LUNGS TO DELIVER RADIO FREQUENCY WAVES TO THE
LINING OF THE TISSUE.
It's approximately 65 degrees, thermal energy, and
the idea is to decrease the muscle mass in the bronchial
WITH LESS MUSCLE, THE AIRWAY WALLS ARE LESS LIKELY
TO CONTRACT DURING AN ASTHMA ATTACK.
DOCTORS PERFORM THREE SEPARATE PROCEDURES, THREE WEEKS
This isn't for every asthmatic.
This is for the worst of the worst that we can't control.
THE PROCEDURE HAS KEPT JENN OUT OF THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE
AND GIVEN HER MORE TIME WITH HER GIRLS.
Just to give you a better quality of life.
It's just amazing.
I'M MARTIE SALT, REPORTING.