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How Does Emphysema Affect Lung Function?

How Does Emphysema Affect Lung Function?

Emphysema affects lung function in three main ways. First, emphysema causes holes to gradually form inside the lungs’ air sacs, thereby weakening their internal structure and inhibiting the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Second, emphysema damages the elasticity of the airways that lead to the air sacs, causing the air sacs to collapse and trap oxygen within the lungs. Third, routinely inhaling cigarette smoke destroys both the cilia (the hair-like structures tasked with clearing mucus from the lungs) and the body’s immune cells, thereby increasing the risk of lung infection.

Emphysema is an obstructive respiratory disease, meaning that the condition makes it difficult to fully exhale (as opposed to restrictive respiratory diseases, which make it difficult to fully inhale). In addition to difficulty breathing, emphysema is associated with the following symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Feeling of tightness in the chest

If you’re living with emphysema, the cellular therapy procedures offered at the Lung Institute may be able to improve your quality of life. Traditional emphysema treatment methods (including bronchodilators, inhaled corticosteroids and supplemental oxygen therapy) only address the symptoms of the disease, but not the disease itself. Cellular therapy is different, however, as it may slow the progression of emphysema. Treatment can be completed on an outpatient basis over the course of two days, during which time we take a small sample of the patient’s own blood, separate the cells from the remaining cells in the sample and then intravenously return the concentrated cells to the patient’s bloodstream. The cells can be used for the treatment of emphysema because they have the unique ability to regenerate as other forms of bodily tissue, allowing them to help with healing. Because our procedures use autologous cells (ones derived from the patient’s own body), they are considered to be a safe method of emphysema treatment.

If you would like more information on how cellular therapy can help with emphysema treatment, please contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065.

18 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    4 months ago

    Christine:

    Thank you for your comment and question. We are sorry to hear about your condition. Most traditional treatments only manage the symptoms of lung diseases and do not address the progression of the disease. We do treat the progression of the disease and have a very good success rate. 84 percent of our patients report an improved quality of life within three months of our treatment. Take a look at some of our patient testimonials.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. christine a hannan

    4 months ago

    I have alpha 1 with severe emphysema, could this treatment help? I am on oxygen 24/7 and it is getting worse every day. My lungs are very damaged. Does this actually fix the problem? I am on zimara weekly infusion. It has slowed progression but not stopped it

  3. Lung Institute

    5 months ago

    Hina:

    Thank you for your comment. In order to determine if someone is a candidate for treatment, we need to gather more of their private medical history in a secure setting. The best way to do that is by giving us a call and speaking one-on-one with someone on our medical team over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Lung Institute

    5 months ago

    Rhonda:

    Thank you for your question. We suggest you contact one of our patient coordinators.

    In order to determine if someone is a candidate for treatment, we need to gather more of their private medical history in a secure setting. The best way to do that is by giving us a call and speaking one-on-one with someone on our medical team over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Rhonda

    5 months ago

    CAn a person with alpha 1 ANTI-TRypsin defiency who HAS cold, be a candidate for cell

  6. Hina Habib

    5 months ago

    Hi. My father has copd. I would like to send you reports and talk about cell therapy. Plz reply me by email.
    Thanks.

  7. Lung Institute

    6 months ago

    Manideepa:

    Thank you for your comment and we are sorry to hear about your condition. We would suggest you see your primary doctor or specialist to determine how to handle your emphysema. That is something we could not diagnose through an email or telephone call.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Manideepa bhattacharya

    6 months ago

    Bilateral Emphysema with consolidation in the right upper lobe.

    I got this on my htct thorax scan report. Please let me know, is it this curable. Or is there any risk of life. I have stopped smoking.

  9. Lung Institute

    7 months ago

    Jack:

    First and foremost we’d like to thank you for your question. Unfortunately, at this time traditional insurance companies such as HMO’s, Medicare, even the VA have not yet begun to cover cell therapy as a form of treatment. However, this doesn’t mean that cell therapy is necessarily out of reach. For more information, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators on a few alternative methods to cover treatment.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Jack

    7 months ago

    Does the VA offer Stem Ce,, Treatment for Veterans

  11. Lung Institute

    7 months ago

    Brenda:

    Thank you for your comment.

    Unfortunately, Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies don’t cover treatment right now. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered in the near future.

    Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Brenda Campbell

    7 months ago

    I see no insu covers this
    PROCEDURE
    Medicare

    Covered ? Thank you

  13. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    Ed:

    Thank you for your comment.

    It’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options candidacy and cost. They would be able to discuss where you might be able to have follow up treatment. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind regards,

    The Lung Institute

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  14. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    Ron:

    At this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. While we are hopeful that treatment will be covered in the future, it will take some time before insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover treatment.

    Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, so it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and cost. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind regards,

    The Lung Institute

  15. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    William:

    We are sorry to hear of your emphysema. It is difficult to say how much the treatments cost. It depends on your specific situation and what treatment would be best. Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our well-qualified patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and cost. Chronic lung diseases affect everyone differently, so we can best help you by speaking with you over the phone. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Right now insurance does not cover any treatments.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  16. Ron kalman

    8 months ago

    Does the va cover this? otherwise, what is the cost?

  17. Ed McIntyre

    8 months ago

    Can treatment be done in Philadelphia; if procedure done in Pittsburg, PA, Can follow up care be done in Pila., Pa/

    Must procedure & follow up care both be done in Pittsburg?
    Live near Philadelphia, Pa. where there are many good hospitals. Is any of treatment covered by medicare & blue/cross/blue shield?

  18. William Braman

    8 months ago

    PLEASE! EMail me info, DO NOT CALL. I have Emphysema and was wondering how miuch this procedure costs, and wheater or not some insurances pay for it? flat out bottom line $$, please.

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