What are cells?
Cells are the building blocks of life, and they are essential to every organism. They have the ability to self-renew and replicate, and they can form other types of tissue in the body. Because adult cells from one organ can create the tissue for another organ, they have a quality known as plasticity. Adult cells can form many types of differentiated cells, so when the patient’s own adult cells are returned to the patient, the cells can begin to promote the healing of lung tissue, which could lead to improved lung function.
Adipose Cell Basics
Adipose cells consist of cells from adipose tissue. Adipose tissue is mainly body fat. This type of loose connective tissue contains white and brown adipocytes (fat cells) that store energy as fat, as well as various other types of cells, including adult mesenchymal cells. However, through the technique used to harvest the mesenchymal cells, a more complete mixture of cells and growth factors are found in bone marrow than adipose tissue.
Bone Marrow Cell Treatment at the Lung Institute
While the Lung Institute does not use adipose cells nor does it do the adipose cell procedure, there are other options for people with lung disease. The Lung Institute uses adult autologous cells, or cells derived from the patient’s own body, found in bone marrow or blood to help promote the healing of lung tissue.
In the bone marrow procedure, an aspiration of bone marrow removes a small amount of bone marrow fluid, which contains a great amount of adult cells. The bone marrow procedure is a hybrid treatment that also includes the venous, or blood derived, cellular therapy. After being harvested, the cells are separated and then returned to the patient through an IV.
Blood-Derived Therapy at the Lung Institute
In the blood-derived therapy procedure, a small sample of blood is harvested, and then it is separated and returned to the patient through an IV. The treatment is purely blood derived. After the cells are returned to the patient, they can begin to promote the healing of lung tissue.
Where can I go to learn more?
The Lung Institute is ready to help you and answer your questions. If you have a chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or pulmonary fibrosis, and you are interested in learning more about our available treatment options, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065.