What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive form of lung disease ranging from mild to severe. It is characterized by a restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing difficult. COPD is the umbrella term for sufferers who have been diagnosed with or show signs of emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. In Pittsburgh, COPD is a health concern for many, in part due to air pollution levels and occupational hazards. In 2015, the Lung Health Institute will open a clinic treatment in PA for COPD.
COPD in Pennsylvania
Unfortunately many Pennsylvania residents suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). When diagnosed with COPD, a person might feel overwhelmed or hopeless because, unfortunately, COPD cannot be cured. Things like medications, inhalers and oxygen therapy help lessen the symptoms of COPD. There is a relatively new cellular therapy that has been very effective for many patients. The cellular therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that harnesses the body’s own healing properties. The Lung Health Institute specializes in treating patients with debilitating lung disease with cellular therapy.
What is Cellular Therapy for COPD?
Cellular therapy harnesses the body’s natural healing capabilities to expedite the healing process. At the Lung Health Institute, the stem cell procedure is a three day outpatient treatment, where cells are extracted from a person’s blood, fat tissue or bone marrow. After the cells have been extracted, they are treated in a lab on site and then reintroduced into the body directly into the damaged tissue areas. Cells are how your body heals itself after getting a cut or bruise, however, sometimes this healing process can move more slowly than the disease progresses, like in the case of lung disease. By targeting many cells directly onto the damaged tissue, the body has the opportunity to heal itself more quickly. In most cases this results in stopping the progression of the disease or even improved lung function.
For many who suffer from COPD in Pennsylvania, the Lung Health Institute might be the answer. If you or a loved one suffers from a lung disease like COPD, contact one of our patient coordinators today at 888-745-6697 to see if you qualify.