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From medication to oxygen round-the-clock, Kathy has tried every treatment option to help minimize the symptoms of her advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). With each passing day, her breathing has become more labored and she can barely get out of bed to manage the day-to-day responsibilities of managing her household. Recently, Kathy heard two women talking at church about a new treatment being offered that might help her regain her life back. Vivian and Sally were chatting about how stem cell therapy allowed Michael, Sally’s husband, to breathe better to the point he was actually playing a full round of golf again. Kathy then started to wonder whether or not stem cell therapy might work for her. But where to begin? Kathy would have to ask her physician about this treatment but she needed to be ready to ask the right questions. So what are the top five questions to ask your doctor about ?
Top Stem Cell Therapy Questions
Here are the top five questions that you should ask your doctor about stem cell therapy:
Question 1: Is stem cell therapy a treatment option for COPD or other lung diseases?
Many physicians today recognize the challenges of finding effective and sustainable treatment options for their patients who might be suffering from debilitating lung disease such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. Today, stem cell therapy is a viable treatment option for individuals suffering from these diseases. The Lung Institute is dedicated to educating physicians that stem cell therapy can help improve the quality of life for their patients. Physicians can check out the web portal that was designed specifically for them here.
Question 2: How is the stem cell therapy done?
Stem cell therapy is performed by using the patient’s own blood or bone marrow tissue. These cells are then isolated and given back to the patient via IV. Treatment is on an outpatient basis, minimally invasive and occurs over 3 days with each session being about 2 to 3 hours.
Question 3: What are the benefits?
Stem cell therapy works based on the principle that these cells can promote the healing of organs. As a result, stem cells are able to restore and maintain health in individuals who meet certain criteria when it comes to their lung disease. There are many patients who have been treated at the Lung Institute who have reaped the benefits of stem cell therapy. Hear the benefits directly from them in their own words.
Question 4: Are there any risks or drawbacks?
Due to the fact that the stem cell therapy used to treat lung disease is derived from a patient’s own body and NOT embryonic, there is relatively no or little risk from the procedure.
Question 5: Will I need follow-up treatment?
From our appearance to bodies to inanimate objects, maintenance of results factors into so many aspects of our life. We are fully aware that if we dye our hair it isn’t a one-time deal. We are fully aware that we are not fit and trim by adopting an exercise one and done mentality. And if we do not mow our lawn on a regular basis, it will be over-run with weeds in no time. Truth be told, it is an ongoing process to get life, health and spirit in balance. And the same can be said about the maintenance of lung health after stem cell therapy. Lung disease is progressive so a person might need follow-up or booster stem cell therapy to help sustain a feeling of wellness after the first treatment.