Can Stem Cells Help COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a debilitating lung disease, meaning that it worsens over time without proper treatment and symptom management. The progression of the disease goes through four stages, from mild to very severe. It is characterized by a restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing difficult. COPD is the umbrella term for sufferers who have been diagnosed with or show signs of emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. Stem Cell Therapies for COPD are emerging as practical options for people suffering from this condition.
Therapies for COPD
There isn’t a known cure for COPD, but that does not mean that you can not treat the disease. Many doctors recommend bronchodilators to help open the airways to allow for an increase in airflow. Also, it is typical that a COPD treatment program to contain a series of breathing and aerobic exercise to improve some pulmonary functioning. For people in the most sever, end stage of COPD, supplemental oxygen is also suggested for treatment. Although most of these therapies are supportive, they do not contribute in the reversal of any symptoms, they are used however, to slow the progression of COPD. A group of innovative physicians have revealed in the recent past that the use of stem cells can have a positive effect in treating COPD and other lung diseases.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the building blocks for any type of living organism. They have the capability for self-renewal and replication, capable of forming any type of tissue or organ in your body. Adult stem cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ, which is termed plasticity. It has been proven that adult stem cells are able to be transferred into any one single organ in a patient’s body.
Stem Cell Therapy for COPD
In the matter of treatment for lung diseases, autologous stem cells are administered, meaning they come from the patient’s own body, and can be extracted from the fat, blood or bone marrow. Stem cells have the ability to mold into many types of diverse cells.
Throughout the procedure, stem cell therapy involves separating adult stem cells, which involves specific laboratory equipment to harvest them. After being removed from the patient’s body, they are then processed and isolated. They are then returned to the patient intravenously or through a process using a nebulizer. It surprises many people to hear that the treatment is minimally invasive and typically an outpatient procedure.
These medical procedures should be performed in a clinical venue under the supervision of a trained physician. It takes a professional that has sought specific training in stem cell therapies to perform the treatment safely and proficiently.
If you would like to speak with someone to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy for COPD, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to schedule a free consultation.