Retiree and Avid Outdoorsman
"Since BT, I am back to living the active life I've always loved. My son-in-law is 50 and he says he can't keep up with me now!"
My Life Prior to BT:
I was born with severe asthma and some of my earliest memories involve struggling to breathe. Back then we didn't have a lot of options for treatment. I would just sit up in a chair at night and try to breathe.
It wasn't easy for me growing up. I missed out on a lot because of my asthma including serving my country. I tried to enlist in the service but my asthma kept me out.
I was lucky though because when I was about 28, my asthma went into a dormant stage. At that point I could lead a normal life and found a real love for the outdoors. During the years my asthma was dormant I ran several marathons and climbed all 54 of the 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado! I was able to live my life on my terms.
But things changed drastically for me after I turned 45. My severe asthma returned and as the years passed, it became worse. It became so severe that I relied on my rescue inhaler every few hours.
It was tough. I wasn't able to be me. I'm naturally a very active person and when my asthma got so bad, I had to give up running and climbing. Even when I would go hunting in Colorado I would often end up visiting the emergency room there. It was getting to the point that they knew me by name at the ER. I was very worried.
My brother is a physician and he had seen a medical article on BT and encouraged me to talk to my pulmonologist about it. I was desperate to get my asthma under better control.
My Life Today
I tolerated all three BT procedures well and my recovery went quickly. I did not experience any pain with the procedures. By the time a few months went by, the difference in my asthma became really obvious. I could breath and the attacks came less and less.
It's been four years since my BT and I am still feeling the positive effects. In fact I've had no ER visits since BT and my asthma is much more controlled!
It was a game changer for me for sure. I've been able to go back and live the lifestyle I want to live. The asthma is not controlling my life anymore. I'm back hunting and hiking; and I've even started to run again.
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
- Castro M, et al, for the AIR2 Trial Study Group. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010;181:116-124.