Tony

 

Age: 52

Hometown: Bristol, TN

BT Doctor: Dr. David Duhamel and Dr. Jeffrey Hales, Virginia Hospital Center

Referring Doctor: N/A

Insurance: United Health

BT Procedure Date: 2010

Tony

Computer Engineer, Avid Runner, and Actor on the Hit Show "House of Cards"

"It is hard to put into words how much BT has helped me. I no longer worry about asthma. I truly believe I am going to live a long healthy life!"

My Life Prior to BT:

I've had asthma for most of my life. I was diagnosed at 3 years old. Growing up, emergency room visits and long stretches in oxygen tents became the norm for me. By the time I was in my forties I was so severe it was hard to sleep or hold down a job. I really wasn't sure I was going to make it to my 50th birthday. We tried every medication under the sun, yet I still ended up in the emergency room often. I was hospitalized at least 3 times or more per year. I missed worked so often because of my asthma that I ran out of vacation and sick time. It impacted every aspect of my life. My activity level was so limited. I couldn't exercise so I gained a lot of weight. Travelling was also difficult because I was always afraid I would catch a cold on the plane which would result in a severe asthma flare-up. When I saw the brochure for BT in my doctors' office I wanted to know more right away. I felt like I was running out of options. I was happy to be one of the early patients treated with BT.

My Life Today:

I think I tolerated the procedures really well. I felt the tightness leave my chest and within a few months the difference in my asthma control was dramatic. I have had no ER trips or hospitalizations. BT has given me the feeling that I have so much time to make up for. In the five years since my BT I've been very busy. I've been able to exercise again and I've lost close to 50 pounds. I could write pages about the things I would have never tried before BT. I started running and currently I am ranked as one of the fastest 5K runners in the DC area. And I am such a more productive worker now. I used to miss so much work because of my asthma and now my manager tells me I work too hard!

Since BT, life has opened up for me. I don't think twice about taking on new adventures. I've even started an acting career! I am in six episodes of this season of the Netflix series House of Cards. I know I would have never tried out for House of Cards before improving my asthma control. I was overweight and would have been too worried about being in front of a camera and having an asthma attack. Currently I am working with the Foundation for Virginia Hospital Center, strategizing on ways to raise more money for asthma research and care. This is exciting because all I want to do is help other asthmatics now.

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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