Stephen

 

Age: 49

Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK

BT Doctor: Dr. Walter Boomer, Tulsa, OK

Referring Doctor: N/A

Insurance: Preferred Community Care

BT Procedure Date: Spring 2012

Stephen

Building Engineer and Single Dad to Two Beautiful Daughters

"I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was such a blessing!"

My Life Prior to BT:

I was diagnosed with asthma at 40 years old. Up until I was diagnosed, I was a really active person. I went to the gym 3-4 times a week and I was a runner. I was actually planning on running in the Tulsa Run (a local yearly event) but never made it because I developed the asthma.

Before asthma I loved to do yard work and would spend my weekends at the kids’ soccer games. I always attended their sports until asthma made it too difficult to be outside.

Asthma was a real game-changer for me. Once I developed the asthma, my life was never the same. I couldn’t run anymore. At some points just walking from one room of the house to another was a challenge. I would lose my breath just talking to someone. I was tired all the time. My body was just struggling. I missed many of the kids’ events too. As a single dad it was devastating not just for me, but for my kids too.

My asthma grew pretty bad quickly and I tried so many medications to get it under control. I think I might have tried them all! Even with all the asthma medication, I ended up on 70mg a day of prednisone for close to 7 years. It was just nasty stuff for me. I’ve got osteoporosis from it and struggled with many side effects.

I used my inhaler 5-6 times a day and at least 5 times a year needed nebulizer treatments at the ER or doctor’s office. Even with maximum medication management I was still admitted to the hospital at least 5 times per year for my asthma.

Dr. Boomer first told me about BT and gave me a video to watch. I sat down and watched it with my kids who were 11 and 13 at the time. We actually got pretty excited about the potential for something to really help me finally.

My Life Today:

My procedures went so smoothly. They did keep me overnight after the procedure just to be extra cautious.

The impact BT had for me is now obvious and quite dramatic, but it wasn’t all at once. It was a gradual thing. I would do something and think “I didn’t know I could do that.” The elephant finally got off my chest and the pressure was gone.

My asthma is under control. I only go for a yearly check-in now with Dr. Boomer and I no longer take regular trips to the doctor or hospital for my asthma. I spend much less time and money on my asthma control now.

Before you have severe asthma, you just don’t realize how hard life can be, especially when you lose the ability to do the simple things like go to the grocery, walk across the room, or mow the lawn. It was so hard to live like that and I am so grateful to Dr. Boomer and the chance to have BT.

The quality of my life is so much better now. I am back to working 40-60 hours a week. I exercise regularly. I don’t cough, I don’t wheeze, and I don’t make strange noises anymore. I do the yard work again. I think I almost feel just like a normal guy. 

The best part though is the impact on my kids. I’m back on the sidelines at soccer! I am more involved with them and they just don’t have to worry about their dad so much anymore.

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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