Alternative Pneumoconiosis Treatment Offered at the Lung Institute
Common pneumoconiosis treatment options include medications, lifestyle changes and activity modifications. Even though this condition, which is also known as black lung disease, cannot be cured, many people are able to manage their symptoms by using supplemental oxygen, taking prescription medications to keep their lung passages open and avoiding tobacco products and dust exposure.
A newer, innovative pneumoconiosis treatment option is stem cell therapy, in which a patient’s own stem cells are used to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. Unlike some other treatments, stem cell therapy has the potential to slow the progression of the disease. Many people who undergo stem cell treatment for pneumoconiosis report not only an improvement in their quality of life, but also a reduced dependence on medications and supplemental oxygen.
At the Lung Institute, we offer two types of stem cell therapy as pneumoconiosis treatment. These therapies work in similar ways, with the primary difference being the source of the stem cells. In our venous stem cell procedure, the cells are taken from the patient’s blood. In our bone marrow procedure, the cells are taken from the patient’s bone marrow. Both autologous stem cell procedures are performed on an outpatient basis over the course of two days and consist of three simple steps:
- Our experienced medical professionals take a blood or bone marrow sample from the patient
- In our onsite lab, we separate out the stem cells, which are uniquely capable of promoting healing, from the rest of the blood or bone marrow’s components
- We return the concentrated stem cells to the patient’s body, and after a short monitoring period, the patient can return to the hotel accommodations
We are committed to helping each patient achieve the best possible outcome for his or her pneumoconiosis treatment. After the procedure, our medical team conducts comprehensive follow-up care and coordinates with the other members of the patient’s treatment team, including his or her primary care physician and pulmonologist.
For more information about stem cell therapy as an alternative pneumoconiosis treatment, or for more facts about black lung disease, call the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065. Our dedicated staff can help you determine if stem cell treatment may be right for you.