Sheila

 

Age: 53

Hometown: Montgomery, IL

BT Doctor: Dr. Sara Greenhill, Central DuPage

Referring Doctor: Dr. Susan Fedinec, PCP

Insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield

BT Procedure Date: Fall 2012

Sheila

Mom to one son, two dogs, and several Russian turtles!

"I still have asthma, but it no longer runs my life."

My Life Prior to BT:

I struggled with severe allergic asthma for almost 20 years. I tried many asthma medications including Symbicort™, ASMANEX™ and XOPENEX™ but nothing seemed to keep it under control. 

Even though I was never admitted to the hospital, I missed work and was often unable to attend social occasions because of severe attacks. I just wasn't able to live a healthy lifestyle. I couldn't go outside at all during certain times of year or have any regular exercise routine. 

The year leading up to my BT procedure, I went to the emergency room fourteen times for my asthma. In fact, when I received the call that my BT was approved, I was on the way to the hospital with an attack. 

Even with insurance, with co-pays and ER visits, I basically worked to pay my medical bills. I didn't have much enjoyment in life before BT. Asthma controlled my life and I lived in fear of the next attack.

My Life Today:

How has BT improved my life? Well, that's easy. BT has improved my life immensely. I never miss work and social engagements anymore because of my asthma. My asthma is under control finally. When I have a flare up now, I can manage it and go on living life.

It's been over three years since my BT and I am still feeling great. One of the biggest changes for me is my level of outdoor activity. I can take the dogs to the park and I garden more. We moved to the country a few years ago and I've created an organic vegetable garden, planted fruit trees and made our yard really beautiful. All of that outside time would not have been possible before the improvement in my asthma control.

I was also able to take a dream vacation with my husband to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We explored the coast of California together.

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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