Stephanie

 

Age: 24

Hometown: Lockport, IL

BT Doctor: Dr. Kyle Hogarth, University of Chicago

Referring Doctor: N/A

Insurance: Humana

BT Procedure Date: Summer 2012

Stephanie

Oncology Nurse and Former Competitive Swimmer

"BT changed my life and I can't say enough good things about it. It has changed my quality of health."

My Life Prior to BT:

I was diagnosed with asthma at 5 years old. For most of my life my asthma was controlled by medications including steroids and inhalers. For many years, I only took two puffs of AdvairTM 500 twice a day and used rescue inhalers as needed.

I was a competitive swimmer since age eight. I was used to using my inhaler several times during swim practices and meets. My asthma intensified with exercise, and while nebulizers did not work for me, my rescue inhaler would get me through practices and swim meets.

It wasn't until my freshman year of college that my asthma began to cause more serious issues. I will never forget it; I was at swim practice and my lung ruptured. I was hospitalized and the doctors said it would be too dangerous to continue to compete. I was devastated and thought my swim career was over.

It was my mom that began to research additional treatment options and that's when we first heard about Bronchial Thermoplasty. I had the treatment over summer break. I found the treatment phase and recovery to be very easy. I was back to myself in just a couple of days. It was a few months out from treatment before I really noticed a big difference.

My Life Today

It was when the cold weather came that the positive effects of BT became evident. Before BT I missed a lot of school because I was always sick with some respiratory issue once the cold weather came. Since BT, I'm rarely sick.

One of the biggest impacts of BT for me was that I could return to swimming. I was able to swim my senior year and had the best season of my life! I beat all my old times and was named 'most improved swimmer' at the final conference.

It wasn't until after BT that I realized just how much my asthma had been limiting me all my life.

It's been over three years since now and I am still feeling great. In the two years I've been a nurse, I've never taken even one sick day. My parents and I can't believe it.

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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