Rick

 

Age: 40

Hometown: Sacramento County, CA

BT Doctor: Dr. Ken Yoneda, MD, UC Davis Medical Center

Referring Doctor: N/A

Insurance: Blue Cross of California

BT Procedure Date: 2010/2011

Rick

Father to Seven, Pastor, and Law Officer

"It's been over five years since BT and I am feeling great and even taking on new adventures. I am currently training to be a police officer. It's been a very rigorous training, and without the improvements in my asthma control there is no way I could have passed the physical tests required to be an officer."

My Life Prior to BT:

I have had asthma since I was 10 years old but it remained mild until I was in my early thirties. I would say for most of my life my asthma was not a big issue. I was a marathon runner and avid cycler. Then at 33 I had bilateral pneumonia and went septic. After that illness my asthma grew much more severe. 

I am a father of seven adopted children, pastor in our community and an active athlete. Needless to say I am busy and tried many options to keep my asthma under control. It was tough, if I got a bad flare-up or got sick, I would be down for months. I took prednisone, XOPENEX HFA™, albuterol, Advair™, and SINGULAIR™ among other medications. I even tried sinus surgery but unfortunately it did nothing for my asthma. It just grew worse and worse and my doctors determined I was prednisone resistant so my body would only respond if I received steroids intravenously.

My attacks had a particular pattern. I would present with shortness of breath, gasping, but I could hold that 98/99% oxygen saturation. Often it would look like a panic attack, but then my numbers would crash. Like many asthma patients, I had to deal with the psychological side of asthma. You go to the emergency room and they tell you that it's just a panic attack and you start to question your own mind.

In the years leading up to my treatment, my asthma became more and more difficult to manage. I was hospitalized and in the ICU several times. It was really impacting my ability to lead the life I wanted and it impacted my family. They worried about me all the time, especially my older children.

Something needed to change. I felt like I was slowly dying. That is when my doctor recommended bronchial thermoplasty.

My Life Today:

I was short of breath after each procedure so they kept me for one night for observation. It took some time for the benefits to be obvious. It was really a few months after the third treatment that the changes became apparent.

Over time I've seen great improvements in my asthma control. I still have asthma, but I am back to my old self. I'm running marathons again and I haven't had one hospital visit since the treatments.

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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