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What are Popular COPD Treatments?

25 Apr 2014
| Under COPD, Lifestyle, Treatments | Posted by | 9 Comments
COPD treatment

Today, there are many types of treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) available. You can hardly turn on the television without seeing an advertisement come on about some new COPD inhaler or other form of treatment. That being said, it’s important to know your options. Many COPD  treatments come with unwanted side effects.

Popular COPD Treatments

According to the Heart Lung and Blood Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, there are many popular COPD treatments such as:

Medications – including bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids. There are multiple types of bronchodilators on the market. It’s important to speak with your doctor about which type is right for you. Certain bronchodilators and corticosteroids can cause elevated blood pressure and increase the risk of pneumonia.

Pulmonary Rehab – this treatment option involves exercises to manage lung disease, along with lifestyle counseling. Pulmonary rehab not only helps improve your quality of life, it can also help you cope live with a chronic disease.

Oxygen Treatments – oxygen therapy can help with shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Not all people with lung disease need oxygen therapy. Speak with your doctor about the possibility of oxygen therapy for you. Some people may need to have supplemental oxygen 24/7 while others only need it at certain times of day.

Surgery – severe cases of lung disease may result in the need for surgery. Single or double transplant surgery is a common recommendation for individuals in the final stages of their disease progression. Transplants have risk factors. Read more about  cellular therapy vs. lung transplant.

Cellular Therapy – this treatment option has emerged in the last decade as a viable option for individuals suffering with lung disease. One of the greatest benefits of cellular therapy is that it can be prescribed to individuals who were just diagnosed with lung disease and to those that are stage 4. Learn about the stages of COPD also referred to as the COPD Gold Guidelines.

Benefits of Cellular Therapy 

If you’re not familiar with cellular therapy, here are some simple need-to-know facts that can help you determine whether or not this treatment is right for you.

Minimally Invasive – The cellular therapy performed by the Lung Institute is minimally invasive. Our physicians derive cells from the patient through the use of an IV and/or through mini liposuction. There are other cellular therapies performed by other providers that derive cells from a patient’s bone marrow. This is considered an invasive procedure and is often considered more painful than a blood-derived procedure.

Safe and Effective – Since the cells come from a patient’s own body there is very little risk of graft versus host disease (rejection). Many individuals are turning to cellular therapy as an alternative to a lung transplant.

Ethically Sound – You may have read articles or heard news segments putting the ethics of cellular therapys into question. It is important to note that the cellular therapies that cause this argument are those that utilize fetal cells. The Lung Institute does NOT use any type of fetal or embryonic cells in our procedures. We only use autologous, adult cells—those from the patient’s own body.

Outpatient & Convenient – One great aspect of cellular therapy performed at the Lung Institute is that the procedure is performed over the course of 3 days with each office visit only lasting a few hours. Patients are allowed to return home or to the comfort of their hotel accommodations each day. There is also minimal downtime associated with our procedures.

If you or a loved one has COPD or other lung disease and want to learn more about treatment options, contact us or call(800) 729-3065.



  1. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear George,

    Thanks for your comment and questions. Unfortunately, at this time, there isn’t FDA approval or insurance coverage. Although it’s not FDA approved or covered by insurance at this time, we hope and believe that one day cell therapy will be fully approved and covered. To hear from our patients, feel free to check out our patient testimonials page. Because the cost of treatment varies depending on treatment type, the best way to have your questions answered is to speak with one of our well-qualified patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge on cell therapy, treatment options, and cost, and they would be happy to answer your questions. Feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. George Fales

    2 years ago

    There is very little known or published about the cost of this cellular treatment. All I have been told is that it is very expensive with no gaurantee it will help. What is being done to get FDA approval? Is this what is holding up the insurance companies reimbursement of this treatment? I would like to hear from some of your patients.

  3. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Teresa,

    Our closest clinic to Las Vegas would be our Scottsdale, Arizona clinic. If you’d like to reach out to discuss travel options or further accommodations, please feel free to contact one of our qualified patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149.

    We look forward to hearing from you Teresa,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Teresa Hamilton

    2 years ago

    Is there an Lung Instrute near LasVegas NV.

  5. Patricia Lynch

    3 years ago

    What are the costs for this treatment? And what insurances you work with?

  6. phoebe.ochman

    4 years ago

    John, thanks for your comment to our website. Please feel free to call and speak to one of our patient care coordinators at (855) 469-5864. They can answer any questions about cost that you might have about cellular treatment.

  7. john wyatt

    4 years ago

    Reading the information on this site can give someone like myself who has COPD the thought that something else is available beyond what has been offered in my local area to date. Of course the BIG question is always cost. I am 67 and on medicare with a supplemental insurance with an Ohio based insurer. Please provide me with a fee structure so I can consider if this feasible from a cost standpoint.

  8. phoebe.ochman

    4 years ago

    Thanks for your comment. We are located in Tampa with plans in the Fall to open up another treatment center in Nashville. Feel free to call and speak to one of our patient care coordinators at (855) 469-5864 who can answer any questions you might have about cellular treatment.

  9. William Philliam Gordon

    4 years ago

    Was diagnosed with COPD in November 2013 but no one discussed this treatment with me.
    please help me with information that I might be able to try this treatment. I live in NC and would like to know the nearest treatment center in NC that can help. If non in NC, where is nearest center to NC

    Thanks you

    Wm P. Gordon

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