Gail

 

Age: 70

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

BT Doctor: Dr. Suneel Kumar, MD

Referring Doctor: N/A

Insurance: Medicare, Bankers Life

BT Procedure Date: 2012-2014

Gail

Mother, Grandmother, Travel Consultant, and Former Competitive Tennis Player, Golfer, and Ballroom Dancer!

"Life is just easier when it is easier to breathe. I can't say enough about how great I think this procedure is. I would recommend BT in a heartbeat"

My Life Prior to BT:

I was diagnosed with allergic asthma in my thirties. For most of my life my asthma was controlled by medications and avoiding certain triggers. Then one day I was getting on a plane to go somewhere and I started having trouble breathing. After that episode the doctors told me I just wasn't getting enough air.

I tried many medications over the years including Flonase™, Spiriva™, and Advair™. I was never on steroids or hospitalized, but as I grew older my flare ups grew more severe and more frequent. Avoiding my allergy triggers became so important that it had a real impact on my life. For many years I would have to leave town during the holidays because Christmas trees were a big trigger for my asthma and they are everywhere during that time of year. 

I am an avid traveler and could always tell even before my plane landed that I was returning to a place that might trigger my asthma: My lungs always knew when we were about to land in Dallas or Miami.

As soon as bronchial thermoplasty was available, my doctor suggested it for me. We hoped it would help me have fewer exacerbations.

My Life Today

Unfortunately, for circumstances I could not control, my BT procedures had to be spread out over several years (usually the three procedures are done 3-5 weeks apart), but it wasn't by choice. It wasn't that I didn't want to go back for each one. Life just got in the way. Within months after each treatment I noticed improvement and was anxious to finish all three.

It has been over two years since my last treatment and I am truly feeling great! I no longer struggle with regular severe flare ups. Less exacerbations and no ER visits or hospitalizations means I am saving money because I spend much less on my asthma control now.

This biggest impact is that I no longer worry about avoiding allergy triggers. This past Christmas I was able to stay in town and celebrate with my family because I no longer have to avoid Christmas trees and other seasonal triggers because of my asthma.

Results from case studies are not necessarily predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.

Brief Statement of Relevant Indications for Use, Contraindications, Warnings, and Adverse Events: 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 corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists. The Alair System is not for use in patients with an active implantable electronic device or known sensitivity to medications used in bronchoscopy. Previously treated airways of the lung should not be retreated with the Alair System. Patients should be stable and suitable to undergo bronchoscopy. The most common side effect of BT is an expected transient increase in the frequency and worsening of respiratory-related symptoms. ENDO-551804-AA

As with any procedure, there are risks, and individual results may vary. The most common adverse event of BT is a temporary worsening of respiratory-related symptoms. These events typically occur within one day of the BT procedure and usually resolve within a week with standard care. There is a small risk (3.4% per procedure) that symptoms may require hospitalization.1

Reference

  1. Castro M, et al, for the AIR2 Trial Study Group. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010;181:116-124.
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