Spokane doctor changing the lives of patients with severe asthma




Posted on March 30, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 30 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE—A new procedure practiced by a doctor in Spokane changed the lives for 24 patients with severe asthma. 

 Severe asthma constricts airways, making it difficult for patients, such as Roberta Stapleton and Jim Wright, to breathe.

 “It feels like someone is just sitting there and you can’t get that off,” said Stapleton. “Jim couldn’t’ get up and walk without struggling for breath.”

 Bronchial Thermoplasty helped Stapleton and Wright breath easily for the first time.

 The procedure was launched by Dr. Jiten Patel at the Rockwood Clinic in Spokane. Patel was the only doctor offering Bronchial Thermoplasty in the region.

 Patel said the three-step procedure was done over the course of nine weeks.

 During each step of the procedure, the doctor puts a catheter through the patient’s mouth or nose and uses it to expand and heat up airways in the lungs.  Patel said the process reduces the amount of tissue in the area, making it easier for patients to breathe.

 Patel said it is often preferred to other methods.

 “They’re using less steroids and subjectively they feel dramatically better,” Patel said.

Though the procedure doesn’t cure asthma, Patel said it could reduce the symptoms.  He said he saw promising results from 24 successful procedures.

 Stapleton and Wright were both examples.

“The procedure has given us hope,” Wright said.

 Learn more information about the procedure by contacting Rockwood Respitory Coordinator, Debra Maxwell, at 509-342-3076 or visiting the website here.