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When looking at prevalence of chronic lung disease, it’s easy to get lost in the statistics. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in 2014, 3.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with emphysema. With a total so large, it can be easy to forget about who makes up that statistic. Behind each emphysema diagnosis is a person– a person with a family, hobbies and dreams.
Just like people, no two treatment plans are alike. While bronchodilators and other medicines may work for one person, other treatment alternatives may work for another. Over the last couple of years, more and more people have turned to stem cell therapy as a treatment option to help emphysema symptoms. But to better understand what stem cell therapy is, it’s best to hear from people who have had the treatment. Learn more about stem cell treatment review for emphysema.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Here, at the Lung Institute, we specialize in stem cell therapy to help those with lung diseases such as emphysema. Stem cells are the building blocks of life because they self-renew and replicate to form any type of tissue. Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells, meaning cells from one part of the body can transform their function to that of other types of tissue.
Regarding stem cell therapy and lung disease, the patients’ own stem cells are harvested from the blood or bone marrow, separated and returned to the patient intravenously. Once back in the body, the stem cells head to the problem areas of the lungs and may promote healing.
Stem Cell Treatment Review for Emphysema at the Lung Institute:
Penny K. – Omaha, NE
“The technology is so un-invasive. There is no risk. As far as I’m concerned, compared to having a death sentence from your doctor, there is absolutely no risk and there was no pain. The employees at the Lung Institute treated you like family, like you were gold.”
As her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema got worse, Penny K. knew something had to change. Her quality of life had declined to the point where she couldn’t cook, and her daughter had to help her bathe and cloth herself. After learning about the Lung Institute, Penny decided to give stem cell therapy a try. After her treatment, Penny is moving and breathing better. Now, she goes to church and sings with the rest of congregation.
Ronnie G. – Warren, TX
“I started gaining stamina. I could [walk] farther distances. I could start walking up and down stairs. I didn’t hurt all the time.”
Ronnie G. said he needed to live five more years to complete a promise he made to someone. But, after a long battle with emphysema, his doctors didn’t expect him to live longer than two years. When they suggested a lung transplant, Ronnie knew it was time to investigate other options. A few months after completing treatments at the Lung Institute, he started to notice his lung function improving at a quick pace, and now, he’s able to make the quarter mile walk down the road to his mailbox.
Thomas V. – Keene, NH
“I feel better. I’m happy with what I’ve done and this feeling of wellness is wonderful, and I hope people get the same benefit that I’ve had.”
Thomas V. is a man of many hobbies. One of his favorite activities is ballroom dancing. Once he noticed he felt short of breath to the point he had to sit down, he knew something was wrong. Soon after a doctor’s visit, Thomas was diagnosed with emphysema and COPD. When daily activities left him gasping for air, he knew it was time to change up his treatment plan. About three to four months after his stem cell therapy treatment from the Lung Institute, Thomas noticed his breathing started to improve, and he began to feel like his old self again.
Penny, Ronnie and Thomas live very different lives, but the one thing they have in common is deciding to try stem cell therapy as a treatment option to their emphysema. If you or someone you know is battling emphysema, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or interstitial lung disease, it may be time to consider the Lung Institute. For more information on stem cell therapy, please contact us or call (800) 729-3065.