What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the building blocks of life; they are the foundational part of every living organism. They are able to self-renew and replicate—capable of forming any type of tissue or organ in the body. Uniquely, adult stem cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ; this is called plasticity.
Why Use Stem Cells?
Adult stem cells are able to be transferred into any single organ in the body since stem cells have the capacity to develop many diverse types of differentiated cells. Since they have the ability to self-renew indefinitely, they have the capability to divide many times and specialize to promote the healing of organs while still sustaining the original undifferentiated cell.
What Kinds of Stem Cells are There?
While there are a significantly large number of stem cells in the world, the Lung Institute only works with adult autologous stem cells. This means the stem cells used are coming directly from an adult patient’s own body. This decreases the possibility of rejection and eliminates any possible controversy associated with stem cells.
The Lung Institute performs two different stem cell treatments: bone marrow stem cell procedures and venous (blood-derived) stem cell procedures. The type of procedure is dependent on the patient and their medical needs. Depending on the nature of the patient’s condition and health history, the bone marrow procedure is always performed in conjunction with the venous procedure while the venous procedure may be performed on its own. During these treatments, the stem cells go through a specific process in order to be ready for helping people breathe better.
The Whole Process
The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s body either through bone marrow or blood. The stem cells are then isolated by a trained professional. Almost immediately, the stem cells are returned to the patient either intravenously. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they will begin to promote the healing of lung tissue. With their ability to continually replicate, the lungs grow stronger, and patients are able to breathe easier.