Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment for those suffering from debilitating lung disease. One way to gather stem cells from a person’s body is to extract them from that person’s bone marrow. Bone marrow is a spongy substance in the bone that produces blood and is home to many stem cells. The Lung Institute does bone marrow stem cell therapy treatments and has helped several patients regain a better quality of living as a result.
So how does bone marrow stem cell therapy work? Over the course of three days, a patient’s stem cells will be harvested from his or her bone marrow, processed and reintroduced into their body. After reintroduction, the stem cells can begin to promote healing and improve lung function. Everyone has stem cells in their own body that act the body’s system to promote healing. Extracting and reintroducing stem cells to certain damaged areas of the body accelerates this process.
What Can You Expect
The bone marrow procedure is a hybrid treatment that takes place over the course of three days in a clinical outpatient setting. Before treatment can begin, the patient must complete all bloodwork, paperwork and prerequisite testing, which typically includes an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a pulmonary function test. After this necessary evaluation, the patient can visit one of our state-of-the-art Lung Institute clinics to begin treatment.
For the next few days, the patient will spend a few hours in the clinic each day. On the first day of treatment, the patient will receive the venous procedure, which uses an IV to collect a blood sample. The second day consists of the bone marrow aspiration, which removes a small amount of bone marrow fluid. Each day, the clinicians will process the stem cells from the blood or bone marrow so that they can be reintroduced to the damaged area intravenously. After reintroduction, the stem cells can begin to promote healing and improve your lung function.
Patients are often surprised by the simplicity of these minimally invasive procedures, but with cutting-edge technology and a patient-centric clinical team, patients can rest assured that they are in good hands. Throughout the entire treatment process, patients have the opportunity to get any questions immediately answered by our knowledgeable medical staff. The Lung Institute clinical team remains in contact with patients after treatment and works together with the patient’s physician and pulmonologist to create a strong support system for the patient.
On the last day of treatment, a Lung Institute clinician will assess the patient for discharge and outline what the next few weeks will look like in terms of follow-up care. Generally, the patient will receive a follow-up call at two weeks, three months and six months following his or her treatment. The patient is encouraged to return for a follow-up appointment with his or her pulmonologist at the three-month mark. At any time post-treatment, patients are welcome to contact their Patient Coordinator with questions and status updates.