Treating Lung Disease in TN
Tennessee is home to many progressive medical companies. One such medical treatment facility, the Lung Institute, is leading the new field of adult stem cell therapies for lung disease.
Adult Stem Cell Treatment
Adult stem cells can be utilized in any organ in the body since stem cells are able to mimic any differentiated cell. Since they are capable of self-renewing indefinitely, they can divide many times and can specialize to promote the healing of organs, such as lungs, while still sustaining the original cell.
While there are many options for the type of stem cell used in the science, the Lung Institute only treats with adult autologous stem cells. This means the stem cells are directly coming from a patient’s own body and are later infused back into the same patient. This decreases the possibility of rejection and eliminates any possible controversy associated with stem cells. Through regenerative medicine, stem cells replicate continuously, the lungs grow stronger, and patients are able to breathe easier and live better.
Stem Cell Therapy for Lung Disease
Lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema, interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis can be treated with stem cells. Depending on the condition being treated, the forms of stem cells used by the Lung Institute are autologous, and can be found in adult bone marrow 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.
Venous Stem Cell Treatment – Some patients may undergo a venous stem cell treatment. This purely blood-derived treatment is less invasive. In addition, follow-up treatments may need to be performed more often for optimal results.
Lung Institute’s Dr. James St. Louis, DO
The Lung Institute’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. James St. Louis, completed his orthopaedic residency in the U.S. Army, and provided dedicated service at Fort Lewis and the Kennedy Medical Center. After years of intensive training in orthopaedics, he was named medical director of Health South in Pensacola, Florida, where he also established the Pensacola Clinic Bone and Joint Center. He went on to serve as chief of surgery at Woodland Medical Center in Cullman, Alabama.
Dr. St. Louis is the founder of the Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, Florida, which has since branched out to several other locations across the United States. As a world-renowned spine surgeon, his quest to develop the latest techniques in minimally invasive procedures has led him to the field of regenerative medicine. Today, Dr. St. Louis is applying his research in stem cell technology and experience in minimally invasive procedures to the life-changing treatments performed by the Lung Institute.