UPMC Jameson offers treatments for people with asthma, lung disease, and breathing problems.
To learn more about pulmonary services at UPMC Jameson, call 724-656-4134.
Over 22 million Americans live with asthma every day. It severely impacts quality of life.
Even more frightening is that nine people die from asthma each day.
Though there are drugs that help reduce symptoms, some people with severe asthma still have trouble keeping it under control.
But now there's hope. A recent breakthrough called the Alair™ bronchial thermoplasty (BT) system aims to help even the most severe asthma.
BT isn’t another drug. It’s an FDA-approved treatment that provides asthma control 365 days a year.
The outpatient treatment uses a small catheter to transfer controlled thermal energy to the airways of the lungs. The thermal energy is about the temperature of a warm cup of coffee.
You'll have 3 sessions of BT about 3 weeks apart — each time focusing on a different part of the lung.
BT reduces the amount of excess airway smooth muscle, which decreases the airway's ability to “clamp down” during an asthma attack.
BT is a non-drug treatment that:
Overall, BT improves lives. Many people say they've been able to lower the dose of — or even stop taking — their current medications after BT treatment.
Some people have a slight worsening of their asthma symptoms a day or two after treatment. You can manage your symptoms with your regular medication.
UPMC Jameson is the only hospital in the region offering this cutting-edge asthma treatment. Our skilled interventional pulmonologists have expert BT training.
Treatments we offer for lung and breathing disorders include:
Pulmonary rehab is an outpatient exercise program for people with:
It can also help people heal after lung cancer treatment or surgery.
After your doctor refers you, we'll assess you while you use equipment such as:
The rehab team will watch you closely as you work out and give you oxygen if needed.
We'll design custom exercise programs to enhance lung efficiency and conserve energy and instruct you on:
Our team can also provide diet and nutrition counseling.
To learn more about pulmonary rehab at UPMC Jameson, call 724-658-9001 ext. 5550 or 4134.
We're on the Fifth Floor of the hospital. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.