What is a Quality Stem Cell?
Depending on the condition being treated, the forms of stem cells used by the Lung Institute are autologous, meaning they come from the patient’s own body, and can be found in adult adipose (fat tissue) and/or the patient’s peripheral blood. Stem cells have the ability for self renewal and replication, capable of forming any type of tissue or organ in the body.
Adult stem cells from one organ are capable of forming tissue for another organ, which is called plasticity. Stem cells derived from adipose tissue or bone marrow have the capacity to form many types of differentiated cells. It has been found that adult stem cells are capable of being transferred into any one single organ of the body.
Stem cell treatment involves isolating adult stem cells from bone marrow and adipose tissue, which requires special laboratory techniques to collect them and expand their numbers in culture. These procedures should be performed in a clinical setting under the supervision of a trained professional.
What type of stem cells are being used to effectively treat my medical condition?
With chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other pulmonary conditions, we use autologous stem cells from the patient’s own peripheral blood and/or adipose (fat) tissue. Treatments for many of the major pulmonary conditions including COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease are performed at the Lung Institute. Our minimally invasive, outpatient stem cell procedures are helping patients breathe easier and changing lives.
How are the stem cells administered?
In pulmonary conditions, autologous stem cells are stimulated to increase in numbers by natural growth factors. They are then derived from the patient’s own blood or adipose tissue, and are then washed, isolated, and given back to the patient intravenously or through the use of a nebulizer.