Maria

 

Age: 51

Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI

BT Doctor: Dr. Eric A. Crawley, Straub Medical Center

Referring Doctor: N/A

Insurance: Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA)

BT Procedure Date: Spring 2016

Maria

Accountant, Tennis Enthusiast, Avid Photographer, and Marathon Runner

"I am so glad I made the choice to have BT. It has improved my quality of life and I finally feel like my asthma is really under control!"

My Life Prior to BT:

I developed asthma in my twenties and it just grew worse over time.

I had tried many medications including albuterol, Xolair™, Advair™, fluticasone, Singulair™ and of course lots of prednisone. In addition to my daily medications, I used my nebulizer every 4-6 hours. I had to bring it to work, because I would often need it during the day. I would also use my rescue inhaler several times a day. I was never hospitalized but I did have to visit urgent care centers when my flare-ups were severe.

I suffered with night awakenings and I was missing work and social events because of my asthma. Travel was always a concern. My family never wanted me to go somewhere alone in case I had a severe flare-up.

I was extremely frustrated with the side effects of the medications and the limits that my asthma was putting on my life. I gained weight and really struggled to do the things that I wanted to do. I love playing tennis and going running, but exercise was only possible if I was heavily medicated. I also had very low energy and it was a struggle to go out and do things.

I was referred to Dr. Crawley by my allergist. I was desperate to try something other than medication to get my asthma under real control. He gave me some information on Bronchial Thermoplasty. I took it home and read it through and was 100% sure that I wanted to do it. It didn’t seem too invasive to me.

My Life Today

The procedures went well for me. I had a bit of a dry throat after each one but I was back working and playing tennis within a few days.

The most dramatic differences came after my third procedure. I felt like I could finally really breathe. I actually screamed with excitement at how much deeper I could breathe. Within a month I was playing tennis like I was in my twenties. I just had more energy and was no longer struggling with each breath.

I still have asthma but it’s not running my days anymore. I take my maintenance medications each day and they work. I still use my inhaler as needed and I’ve not been back to urgent care or the doctor for my asthma since I had BT.

I am planning some travel and new adventures too. I am going to Maui soon and will be at 10,000 feet above sea level. I will be walking and touring around. This is something that I would’ve never tried before BT. I've also signed up for the Honolulu marathon! I used to do that marathon but for a couple of years my asthma had become too severe and I wasn't able to do it.

I would say that BT changed my life tremendously. I have more energy to go out and do things. I play tennis 4-6 times a week, 2-4 hours a day now. I don’t have to prep with heavy medications anymore and I get through long stretches of playing with no problem. 

One of my favorite pastimes is photography. I especially love to photograph the beautiful Hawaiian sunsets. Now that I am feeling better I know I will be catching more sunsets in my travels!

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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