Treatment for Emphysema in Pennsylvania
What is Emphysema?
Emphysema is one of the major obstructive lung diseases under the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) umbrella. This lung condition gradually destroys the air sacs in the lungs, making it progressively more difficult to breathe. The tiny cluster-like air sacs in the lungs are responsible for bringing oxygen to the bloodstream. As emphysema progresses, the inner walls of the air sacs form holes, weakening their internal structure. The disease deters oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. Emphysema also destroys the elasticity of the airways that lead to the air sacs. As a result, the air sacs collapse trapping oxygen in the lungs. Sufferers of emphysema constantly struggle to breathe. Thankfully, organizations like the Lung Institute offer treatment for emphysema in Pennsylvania.
What are Symptoms of Emphysema?
Sufferers of emphysema typically exhibit a persistent cough or “smokers cough.” The cough reflex is an important defense mechanism expelling harmful substances from the body. The damage done to the lungs from the causes of emphysema can irritate the lungs leading to a persistent cough.
Emphysema may cause an individual to wheeze, or exhibit an abnormal whistling noise while breathing. Wheezing is a result of air passing through the bronchioles or tree like structures of the lung. When the bronchiole airways become narrowed or damaged, air travels abnormally, and causes a whistling noise.
Emphysema may cause chest tightness or the sensation of not being able to breathe. Chest tightness is one of the scariest symptoms for sufferers. Chest tightness is often exacerbated by anxiety and in severe cases can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Shortness of Breath
Labored breathing or shortness of breath is the feeling that breathing requires far more effort than what is typically necessary. In emphysema sufferers, shortness of breath can occur while exerting oneself, sitting or lying flat.
What are the Treatment Options for Emphysema?
Traditional treatment options for emphysema include daily medications, which can be very expensive, supplemental oxygen, or, in more serious cases, a lung reduction or transplant. These traditional options only treat the symptoms of emphysema, and don’t actually heal the damaged lung tissue. Today they don’t have to be the only option. Minimally invasive stem cell therapy is now an effective treatment for lung disease.
What is Stem Cell Therapy for Emphysema?
Stem cell therapy harnesses the body’s natural healing capabilities to expedite the healing process. At the Lung Institute, the stem cell procedure is a three day outpatient treatment, where stem 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. Stem 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 stem 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 those who are seeking treatment for emphysema in Pennsylvania, the Lung Institute might be the answer. If you or a loved one suffers from a lung disease like emphysema, contact one of our patient coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify.