The official blog of the Lung Institute.
For many, childhood brings back memories of summers in the back of an RV trailer with family. As the season approached, parents stowed all the essentials in their little home on wheels. Anticipation grew as families drove off into the horizon destined for a road trip. Whether headed for a local campground on the other side of the state or across the plains to visit what felt like the other side of the world, every summer spent traveling with family is often remembered as a wonderful adventure.
Once the children became adults, the family tradition of packing the RV up for miles on the road was passed on. Each trip offered new opportunities for exploration. Now, with the huge surge in medical tourism, RV trips have taken a different turn; travelers can get more than just scrapbooks full of memories during their adventures. Many are taking back their health by exploring the best traditional and alternative medical treatments available, regardless of their proximity to home. Sufferers of a variety of conditions are taking to the road in hopes of a better quality of life.
A few conditions that are seeing a spike in medical tourism are chronic lung diseases like COPD, emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis. For many, being diagnosed with a lung disease means staying indoors and no longer enjoying the road. Oftentimes, sufferers feel it is impossible to go outside. Sometimes, it simply feels impossible to do just about anything. Life feels out of reach.
For years, those with a lung condition didn’t have many options. They were forced to cross their fingers and hope that their name would reach the top of the lung transplant list. This is one reason why the physicians at the Lung Institute decided to look for an alternative treatment for lung disease. Now, the Lung Institute claims that patients have a reason to get back on the road with stem cell therapy for pulmonary conditions.
Stem cells harvested from the patient’s own blood or bone marrow can be used to treat debilitating lung diseases. According to the Lung Institute, by harnessing the healing power of stem cells, this alternative procedure may slow the progression of the disease, may improve lung function and may reduce inflammation. The Lung Institute’s website states that they have treated over 600 patients with stem cell therapy, and many report that they can finally breathe easier and are no longer confined to the indoors.
For many people with a chronic lung disease, life is put on hold. Trips get cancelled. Adventure takes a back seat to their condition. But now sufferers have options, they are no longer limited to the space between the walls of their home or to an impending lung transplant; rather patients can begin to enjoy life again after a short, minimally invasive procedure. With clinics located in medical hotspots around the country, patients can add a medical pit stop at the Lung Institute to their road trip itinerary.
A RV vacation has become so much more than just a family tradition. For sufferers of lung disease, it’s an opportunity to breathe easier and live better. With new medical advancements like stem cell therapy, travelers around the country may be able to find a new road to breathing easier.