Emphysema Treatment Available at the Lung Institute
There is not yet a cure for emphysema, so treatment typically focuses on managing symptoms through a combination of drugs, breathing exercises and supplemental oxygen. At the Lung Institute, we offer a breakthrough alternative treatment for emphysema and other types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), utilizing stem cells in an effort to potentially help improve lung function.
We specialize in autologous stem cell therapy, which uses the patient’s own stem cells to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. For many people with emphysema, this advanced therapy may help them participate in the activities they enjoy while reducing common issues associated with lung problems, such as shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. In fact, more than 80 percent of patients with COPD report an improved quality of life after receiving stem cell therapy at the Lung Institute.
Our stem cell treatment for emphysema is performed in an outpatient clinical setting over the course of two days. Our experienced physicians harvest stem cells in one of two ways – through a simple blood draw in the arm or through a minimally invasive bone marrow extraction – depending on each patient’s unique health situation. Both of these approaches are safe and relatively painless. From there, the growth factor-rich stem cells are separated from other cells, processed in an onsite lab and intravenously returned to the patient’s body with the goal of reducing inflammation in the lungs and potentially slowing disease progression. Stem cells are a natural component of the body and not a drug, so most patients experience no adverse side effects after this form of emphysema treatment.
To take your first step toward learning if you are a candidate for emphysema treatment at the Lung Institute, contact our compassionate medical team today at (800) 729-3065. We’ll be glad to assist you in exploring alternative treatment options to help you breathe easier.