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A New Stem Cell Treatment Option
The Lung Institute is proud to offer another stem cell treatment option for our patients. For quite some time, we have been performing successful venous treatments, which have helped our patients breathe easier and live better. In hopes of creating another treatment that is beneficial, the Lung Institute has added a bone marrow treatment.
Why Choose Bone Marrow?
By using bone marrow to harvest stem cells, the properties of stem cells can develop healthy lung tissue in order to help patients breathe easier. Bone marrow contains a much greater number of adult mesenchymal stem cells than found in peripheral blood. The amount of stem cells harvested from a bone marrow procedure has proved to have a high patient success rate and a significant improvement on patient quality of life. Now, patients have another option.
How Does the Bone Marrow Treatment Work?
The bone marrow procedure is a hybrid treatment that takes place over the course of three days in a clinical outpatient setting. Once a patient has been approved for treatment and has completed all prerequisite testing, the treatment process is officially underway. Before coming to one of the Lung Institute’s state-of-the-art clinics, patients typically need an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a pulmonary function test.
After these necessary formalities, the patient goes through a simple preparation process. For the next few days, the patient will spend a few hours in the clinic each day. This portion of the treatment process includes the venous procedure, which uses an IV to collect a small blood sample, and a small bone marrow aspiration, which removes a small amount of bone marrow fluid. Once the blood and bone marrow fluid are collected, the clinicians will separate the stem cells, so that they can be returned to the damaged area. After return, the stem cells can begin to promote healing and begin to improve your lung function.
What can I expect?
Patients are often surprised by the simplicity of these minimally invasive procedures, but with cutting-edge technology and a patient-centric clinical team, patients can rest assured that they are in good hands. Throughout the entire treatment process, patients have the opportunity to get any questions immediately answered by our knowledgeable medical staff. The Lung Institute clinical team remains in contact with patients after treatment and works together with patients’ physicians and pulmonologists to create a strong support system for patients.
Where can I go to learn more?
If you have a chronic lung disease and you believe that a bone marrow-derived stem cell treatment could be right for you, feel free to contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about how stem cell therapy could help you breathe easier and help you take your life back into your own hands. Our patient coordinators can help you determine if you qualify for this alternative treatment.