St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

A New Procedure for Severe Asthma

Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT)

About Severe Asthma

What happens when you have severe asthma? Air travels in and out of your lungs through airways, which are tubes. There are tiny muscles in the walls of the airways. People who have severe asthma have larger muscles in their airways than other people. The airways close down when these muscles contract.

What happens when your airways close down? When airways close down it can be harder to breathe. Your chest may feel tight. You may wheeze or cough. Asthma medicines usually open up the airways. These medicines do not always work well in patients who have severe asthma.

What is Bronchial Thermoplasty?

The Alair® System mildly heats your airway walls. This heating reduces some of the extra muscle present in the airways. This may allow your airways to stay more open and help you breathe better.

Who can have this treatment?

The Alair® Bronchial Thermoplasty System is indicated for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled cortico- steroids and long acting beta agonists.

First in Texas

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital is the first hospital in Texas to offer bronchial thermoplasty—a new procedure for the treatment of severe persistent asthma. (read more)

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St. David's Georgetown Hospital
2000 Scenic Dr
Georgetown, TX 78626
Telephone: (512) 943-3000
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