Treatment for Emphysema in Pittsburgh
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 Pittsburgh.
The American Lung Association recently released their 2015 State of the Air report listing the cities with the cleanest and most polluted air. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the city once again ranked among those with the most polluted air in the nation. With the combination of the pollution in the air, the high prevalence of lung disease in the area and the local steel mills and coal mines, many people believe that occupational lung disease in Pittsburgh is on the rise.
Occupational lung disease is a result of chronic respiratory infections caused by workplace hazards, such as breathing in sand and dust particles, harsh chemicals, small metal particles, and, in the case of black lung disease, coal dust. Occupational lung disease takes many years to develop, so often times symptoms don’t show up until the disease has already caused significant lung damage. Lung disease is expensive and many workers have to fight to get employers to cover costs. However, expensive medications, or, in more serious cases, a lung transplant, 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 Pittsburgh, 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.