Stem Cell Treatments from Bone Marrow
Stem cells have been in the media recently due to Gordie Howe’s controversial treatment. Did you know, however, that it’s legal in the United States to do stem cell therapy when you are using your own stem cells? The Lung Institute specializes in treating those with debilitating lung disease using stem cell treatments. One method is to extract a person’s stem cells from their own bone marrow.
So how does bone marrow stem cell therapy work? Over the course of three days, a patient’s stem cells will be harvested from his or her bone marrow, processed and reintroduced into their body. After reintroduction, the stem cells can begin to promote healing and improve lung function. Everyone has stem cells in their own body that act the body’s system to promote healing. Extracting and reintroducing stem cells to certain damaged areas of the body accelerates this process.
What Can You Expect
The bone marrow procedure is a hybrid treatment that takes place over the course of three days in a clinical outpatient setting. Before treatment can begin, the patient must complete all bloodwork, paperwork and prerequisite testing, which typically includes an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a pulmonary function test. After this necessary evaluation, the patient can visit one of our state-of-the-art Lung Institute clinics to begin treatment.
For the next few days, the patient will spend a few hours in the clinic each day. On the first day of treatment, the patient will receive the venous procedure, which uses an IV to collect a blood sample. The second day consists of the bone marrow aspiration, which removes a small amount of bone marrow fluid. Each day, the clinicians will process the stem cells from the blood or bone marrow so that they can be reintroduced to the damaged area intravenously. After reintroduction, the stem cells can begin to slow down the progression of the disease.
Patients are often surprised by the simplicity of these minimally invasive procedures, but with cutting-edge technology and a patient-centric clinical team, patients can rest assured that they are in good hands. Throughout the entire treatment process, patients have the opportunity to get any questions immediately answered by our knowledgeable medical staff. The Lung Institute clinical team remains in contact with patients after treatment and works together with the patient’s physician and pulmonologist to create a strong support system for the patient.
Many patients have had great results from stem cell therapy. Lung Institute patient, Arnold M, recalled a recent appointment with his pulmonologist after undergoing a stem cell therapy treatment. “The pulmonologist said, ‘You seem to be doing real well, what have you been doing lately?’ I said that I’ve just been taking care of myself and he goes ‘My god, you’ve been doing a good job.’ He couldn’t believe I was that good. So, I walked up and down the hall for him and he said, ‘My god you are doing good.’ Then I told him about stem cells and he stood there with his mouth hanging open. I guess he didn’t run across anybody that has done it. He was kind of amazed.”