Overview of Stem Cells

Stem 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 are able to form other types of tissue in the body. Because adult stem cells from one organ can create tissue for another organ, they have a quality known as plasticity. Adult stem cells can form many types of differentiated cells, so when the patient’s own adult stem 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 Stem Cell Basics

Adipose stem cells consist of stem 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 stem cells. However, through the technique used to harvest the mesenchymal stem cells, a more complete mixture of stem cells and growth factors are found in bone marrow than adipose tissue.

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Treatment at the Lung Institute

While the Lung Institute does not use adipose stem cells nor does it do the adipose stem cell procedure, there are other options for people with lung disease. The Lung Institute uses adult autologous stem 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 stem cells. The bone marrow procedure is a hybrid treatment that also includes the venous, or blood derived, stem cell treatment. After being harvested, the stem cells are separated and then returned to the patient through an IV.

Venous Stem Cell Treatment at the Lung Institute

In the venous procedure, a small sample of blood is harvested, and then it is separated and returned to the patient through an IV. The venous 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?

Look through some of our patient testimonials to see how stem cell treatment at the Lung Institute helped them. 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.


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* 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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