Emphysema Treatment Guidelines
Emphysema treatment guidelines usually focus on reducing a patient’s symptoms and improving his or her quality of life. Recommendations may vary from person to person, although a combination of medications, lifestyle changes and supplemental therapies is fairly common.
Depending on a person’s age, medical history, diagnosis and symptoms, his or her emphysema treatment guidelines may include:
- Short- or long-acting bronchodilators (medications that help open the airways)
- Corticosteroids (medications that help reduce inflammation)
- Antibiotics (medications that can help prevent infections during severe flare-ups)
- Expectorants (medications that help dissolve mucus and alleviate the urge the cough)
- A smoking cessation program (if applicable)
- Oxygen therapy
- Vaccinations to prevent the flu and pneumococcal pneumonia
- Surgery to remove air-filled lesions from the lungs, remove severely damaged lung tissue or compensate for a loss of elasticity by blocking air from entering a compartment of the lungs
- Lung transplant surgery (for severe, end-stage emphysema)
Some people also choose to explore alternative treatments for emphysema. One such option is stem cell therapy, in which a person’s own stem cells are used to promote the body’s natural healing process. This treatment – unlike others, which can only help lessen symptoms – has the unique potential to help reduce inflammation and possibly even slow the progression of the disease. However, it is best used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, helping to enhance the effects of traditional treatments.
If you’ve explored some or all of the emphysema treatment options that are commonly recommended by clinical guidelines but haven’t achieved the results you need, the Lung Institute can help you determine if stem cell therapy may be able to help you breathe easier. To learn more about our alternative emphysema treatment options, contact us today at (800) 729-3065.