THERE ARE NEW PROCEDURES OUT THERE FOR THOSE DEALING WITH SEVERE ASTHMA. ONE, BEING OFFERED BY BRYAN… A WOMAN SAYS SAVED HER LIFE. CHANNEL 8 EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER áJENN HATCHERá HAS MORE IN OUR SECOND SUNDAY HEALTH REPORT. “It had been so long of a time that I’d been sick. So, I’m very grateful that I had this done.” FOR MOST HER LIFE SHARON KOSTA COULDN’T DO MUCH OF ANYTHING… SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SEVERE ASMTHA AT THE AGE OF SIX. SHE WAS EVEN IN THE HOSPITAL THE NIGHT OF HER JUNIOR PROM. “It’s tough; I’ve missed a lot of things.” TWO YEARS AGO THAT ALL CHANGED. SHE WAS THE FIRST NEBRASKA PATIENT TO DO A TRIAL PROCEDURE OF BRONCHIAL THERMOPLASTY. 2 “The BT has changed my life in a way that I can’t imagine. I can be active, I’ve lost weight, I can enjoy my family and my friends and it’s just been a blessing. It saved my life really because, had I not had it done, I don’t know where I’d be.” //NATS// DR. RYAN MARTIN, WITH BRYAN MEDICAL CENTER SAYS BRONCHIAL THERMOPLASTY IS AN OUTPATIENT PROCEDURE… USING MILD HEAT TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF TISSUE IN THE AIRWAYS… LESS MUSCLE TISSUE MEANS LESS AIRWAY CONSTRICTION. 2 “The airways can no longer constrict as readily so you’re not able to have as much wheezing or shortness of breath and coughing and so on and so forth.” //NATS// THIS PROBE IS USED FOR THE HEATING…. THREE SESSIONS ARE PERFORMED, EACH TIME CLEARING OUT DIFFERENT LOBES IN THE LUNG. //NATS// THE TREATMENT RECENTLY MOVED OUT OF THE TRIAL PHASE AND IS MORE READILY AVAILABLE. MARTIN SAYS THOSE WHO QUALIFY FOR THE PROCEDURE HAVE SEVERE PERSISTANT ASTHMA. “So it’s not everybody with asthma, there’s a certain sub stem where this is helpful.” SINCE HAVING THIS DONE, KOSTA HAS CUT HER STEROID DOSES IN HALF, LOST 120 POUNDS AND EARLIER THIS SUMMER, RAN A 5-K. “I can run around the park and I don’t need my inhaler, I can go for a walk and I don’t need my inhaler, it’s a big change.” A FIVE YEAR STUDY SHOWED THAT THE PROCEDURE REDUCED E-R TRIPS FOR THE TREATED BY 85 PERCENT. REPORTING IN LINCOLN, áJENN HATCHERá CHANNEL 8 EYEWITNESS NEWS.