How Can Stem Cells Help Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder?

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) is a devastating lung disease and worsens over time without proper treatment and symptom supervision. There are four stages of progression for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, starting with mild and ending with very severe. Airflow is restricted from easily moving in and out of the lungs, this dysfunction characterizes the disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder is the canopy term for patients who have been diagnosed with or show signs of emphysema and/or chronic bronchitisStem cell therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder is emerging as a practical option for people suffering from this condition.

Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder 

There isn’t a known cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, but that does not mean that it can’t be managed. Many doctors prescribe bronchodilators to help open the airways to permit for more airflow. Also, it is typical that a chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder therapy plan to include a series of breathing and aerobic exercise to reestablish some pulmonary functioning. For people in the most sever, late stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, supplemental oxygen is also used for treatment. Although most of these therapies are supportive, they do not assist in the reversal of any symptoms, they are used to stop the further development of the disease. A group of revolutionary doctors have discovered recently that the application of stem cells can have a beneficial effect in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and other lung diseases.

What are Stem Cells? 

Stem cells are the foundational blocks for any type of living organism. They have the capability for self-renewal and duplication, able to form any type of tissue or organ in your body. Adult stem cells from one organ are capable of creating tissue for another organ, which is called plasticity. It has been established that adult stem cells are able to be transferred into any one single organ in your body.

Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder 

In the case of therapy for lung diseases, autologous stem cells are used, meaning they originate from the patient’s own body, and can be found in the patient’s venous blood. Stem cells coming from bone marrow or blood have the capability to form many types of different cells. During the procedure, stem cell therapy involves separating adult stem cells from bone marrow, which requires specialized laboratory equipment to gather them. After being removed from the patient’s body, they are isolated. They are then delivered to the patient intravenously. It surprises many people to hear that the therapy is minimally invasive and usually an outpatient procedure. These medical procedures should be conducted in a clinical venue under the supervision of a trained physician. It takes a professional that has sought specific training in stem cell therapy 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 chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to schedule a free consultation.

* All treatments performed at Lung Institute utilize autologous stem cells, meaning those derived from a patient's own body. No fetal or embryonic stem cells are utilized in Lung Institute's procedures. Lung Institute aims to improve patients' quality of life and help them breathe easier through the use of autologous stem cell therapy. To learn more about how stem cells work for lung disease, click here.

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