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Severe Asthma Treatment

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By: Jenn Hatcher

There are new procedures out there for those dealing with severe asthma.

A local woman says one being offered by Bryan Health, saved her life.

"It had been so long of a time that I'd been sick.  So, I'm very grateful that I had this done," says Sharon Kosta.

For most her life Kosta couldn't do much of anything.

She was diagnosed with severe asthma at the age of six.

She was even in the hospital the night of her junior prom.

Kosta says, "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.

"The Bronchial Thermoplasty has changed my life in a way that I can't imagine,” says Kosta. “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."

Dr. Ryan Martin, with Bryan Medical Center says bronchial thermoplasty is an outpatient procedure that uses mild heat to reduce the amount of tissue in the airways.

Less muscle tissue means less airway constriction.

Martin says, "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."

A probe is used for the heating; three sessions are performed, each time clearing out different lobes in the lung.

The treatment recently moved out of the trial phase and is more readily available.

Those who qualify for the procedure have severe persistent asthma.

"So it's not everybody with asthma, there's a certain sub stem where this is helpful," says Martin.

Since having this done, Kosta has cut her steroid doses in half, hasn't been to the emergency room because of her asthma, lost 120 pounds and earlier this summer, completed a 5k.

Kosta explains, "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 shows that the procedure reduced ER trips, for the treated, by 85 percent.


Is Asthma Controlling Your Life?


Have you missed work, changed your daily activities or had to go to the emergency department because of your asthma? Severe asthma can be a life-stopper. Join Ryan Martin, MD, pulmonologist with Nebraska Pulmonary Specialties, to learn about a new approach to treat severe asthma. Bronchial Thermoplasty is a non-drug therapy that significantly improves the quality of life for those with severe asthma. National clinical research shows that following treatment patients experience fewer asthma attacks, less trips to the ED and are able to enjoy more daily activities. Patients Sharon Kosta and Marcia Wood will share their stories about how this procedure changed their lives. If you suffer from severe asthma and are ready to take your life back, we invite you to attend this program.


   Tuesday, September 30, 2014
   6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


  Bryan East Campus - Plaza Conference Center
  1500 S. 48th St
  Lincoln, Nebraska 68506

  The event is free, to register go online to or call (402) 482-8886

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