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Venous or Bone Marrow
The Lung Institute offers a bone marrow option for stem cell treatments. People with the debilitating symptoms of lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis have options for treatment.
Venous Stem Cell Treatment
This purely blood-derived treatment is the least invasive option. If a patient suffers from specific heart conditions, the venous treatment is chosen as a precaution. Venous stem cell treatment may not produce results to the same extent as the bone marrow treatment. In addition, follow-up treatments may need to be performed more often for optimal results.
Bone Marrow Stem Cell Treatment
By using bone marrow to harvest stem cells, patients have the opportunity to breathe easier through the regenerative properties of stem cells. This two-part outpatient procedure is minimally invasive and is completed over the course of three days. Each day will require several hours in our office where the stem cells will be collected and reintroduced into your body. After reintroduction, the stem cells can begin to promote healing and improve your lung function.
The bone marrow stem cell treatment offers better benefits than the venous option. Bone marrow contains a much greater number of adult stem cells than found in peripheral blood. The amount of stem cells harvested from a bone marrow procedure is greater than from peripheral blood, and has proven to have a high patient success rate and a significant improvement on patient quality of life. Now, patients that have previously only qualified for the venous procedure are eligible for the bone marrow treatment.
Regardless of the stem cell treatment that best suits your needs, the Lung Institute is here to help. If you or a loved one suffers from a lung disease and would like to learn more about our stem cell treatments, contact a patient care coordinator at (800) 729-3065 and find out if you qualify.