Traditional Chronic Bronchitis Treatment Guidelines Are Limited to Relieving Patients’ Symptoms
Unlike traditional chronic bronchitis treatment guidelines, which focus only on alleviating associated symptoms, the Lung Institute’s cellular therapy procedures aim to slow the progression of the disease itself. Chronic bronchitis, which is characterized by inflammation within the lungs’ air passages, causes various symptoms including excess mucus production, coughing and difficulty breathing. Chronic bronchitis can be distinguished from acute bronchitis because it lasts for at least three months and reoccurs at least once per year, for at least two consecutive years. Although the symptoms associated with chronic bronchitis persist for at least three months at a time, infections or environmental irritants may cause them to worsen at certain points during that period.
Some of the methods traditionally used to treat chronic bronchitis include the following:
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Supplemental oxygen therapy
It’s important to note, however, that these traditional treatment methods only address the symptoms of chronic bronchitis. The cellular therapy procedures offered at the Lung Institute are different, in that they address the root of the problem and can help slow the progression of the disease itself. Our three-step treatment process is minimally invasive and can be performed on an outpatient basis over the course of two days. First, we remove a small sample of a patient’s blood or bone marrow. Second, we take the sample to our onsite lab, where we separate out the cells. Third, we intravenously reintroduce the concentrated cells into the patient’s bloodstream. Because cells have the ability to regenerate as other types of bodily tissue, they can promote natural healing and help reduce inflammation.