Can Stem Cells Help Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder?
What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) is a debilitating lung disease, meaning that it worsens over time without proper treatment and symptom management. There are four stages of progression for the disease, starting with mild and ending with very severe. The restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs characterizes the disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder is the umbrella term for sufferers who have been diagnosed with or show signs of emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. Stem cell treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder are emerging as a viable option for people suffering from this condition.
Treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
There isn’t a known cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, but that does not mean that the disease can’t be managed. Many physicians prescribe bronchodilators to help open the airways to allow for more airflow. Also, it is typical that a chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder treatment plan to include a series of breathing and aerobic exercise to improve some pulmonary functioning. For people in the most severe, late stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, supplemental oxygen is also used for treatment. Although most of these treatments are supportive, they do not assist in the reversal of any symptoms, they are used to deter the progression of the disease. A group of groundbreaking doctors have discovered over the past few years that the use 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 essential for any 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 Treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
In the case of lung diseases, autologous stem cells are used, meaning they come from the patient’s own body, and can be found in the patient’s venous blood. Stem cells originating from bone marrow or blood have the ability to form many types of various cells.
During the procedure, stem cell therapy involves isolating adult stem cells from bone marrow, which needs special laboratory methods to gather them. After being extracted from the patient’s body, they are isolated. They are then given back to the patient intravenously or through a method using a nebulizer. It surprises many people to hear that the therapy is minimally invasive and normally an outpatient procedure.
These procedures should be completed in a clinical venue under the supervision of a trained physician. It takes a doctor that has sought specific training in stem cell therapy to perform the treatment safely and proficiently.
If you would like to learn more about our available stem cell treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to schedule a free consultation.