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Stem Cell Clinics: What to Look for and What to Avoid

21 Oct 2016
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Stem Cell Clinics: What to Look for and What to Avoid

When it comes to finding the right clinic, you might feel confused or unsure where to find the best information. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the right stem cell clinic for you.

Look for a stem cell clinic that publishes data

Touch on new outcomes data. The Lung Institute collects data, including quality of life scores and pulmonary function test results. We use these numbers to drive continuous improvement of our outcomes.

Look for clinics with Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

For a number of reasons, operating a medical clinic in Texas is more challenging than in many other states. Texas requires clinics to earn the approval of its Institutional Review Board. Since opening its Dallas clinic, the Lung Institute has consistently met the strenuous Texas IRB requirements. Many stem cell clinics simply avoid operating in Texas rather than submitting to the requirements.

Look for a Stem Cell Clinic that Monitors Stem Cell Counts

The Lung Institute frequently sends samples out to a lab that confirms cell counts and verifies the quality of techniques being used.

Avoid Clinics that Discourage Talking to Your Personal Physician

Whether your doctor approves of stem cell therapy or not, he or she is your primary source of expertise. Seek your physician’s advice, learn as much as you can, then make an informed decision as to whether stem cell therapy is right for your situation.

Avoid Clinics Using the Word “Cure”

Stem Cell Clinics: What to Look for and What to Avoid

A lot of hype is generated surrounding the exciting possibilities of stem cell therapy. However, the reality is that no medical procedure can treat every illness, and none can guarantee positive results. Look for a clinic that sets realistic expectations. At the Lung Institute, for example, our data suggests that the majority of COPD patients will see an improvement in their quality of life. The Lung Institute does not offer a cure, nor do we guarantee results. However, we strive to increase the number of positive outcomes. Consistently producing positive outcomes is our measure of success.

Follow the Science

Scientists who aren’t also medical doctors cannot offer medical advice, however they can offer their experience and perspective on stem cell research, clinical potential, and the possibilities for stem cell therapy and advancements in the field. For your information, here are two studies to provide a bit of information about the demonstrated benefits of stem cell therapy for lung disease:

Ask About Training and Experience

The Lung Institute’s mini-fellowship program ensures that all physicians are fully trained to consistently follow established procedures and protocols. Prior to seeing patients, every Lung Institute physician masters an in-depth curriculum and is required to meet all Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements.

The Lung Institute has been practicing for three years, operates five clinics nationwide and has treated over 2,500 patients, with the number of people reporting improved quality of life following treatment increasing every day.

Many patients report feeling better after treatment. Patients report a newfound ability to live a more active life, pursuing their favorite activities and often report that they’re able to reduce their reliance on oxygen therapy. Stem cell therapy can help people in any stage of chronic lung disease. If you or a loved one has COPDemphysemachronic bronchitis, or another chronic lung disease, contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about your stem cell treatment options.

3 Comments

  1. PB

    1 month ago

    Dear Charlie,

    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare 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 regarding stem cell treatment options, 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.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Charlie Bowls

    1 month ago

    Does Medicare/private insurance cover the procedures?

  3. lungs sleep

    1 month ago

    Nice post!

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