What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells make up every organism on this planet; they are imperative to sustaining life. They have the ability to form any type of bodily tissue or organ since they are able to continually replicate and self-renew. What differentiates stem cells from other cells is that adult stem cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ; this is called plasticity. Thus stem cells can play a major role in regenerative medicine.
Why Use Stem Cells?
Adult stem cells can be used in any organ in the body since stem cells are able to mimic any type of differentiated cells. Since they are capable of self-renewing indefinitely, they can divide many times and specialize to promote the healing of organs, such as lungs, while still sustaining the original cell. This can improve bodily function by creating new tissue and strengthening organs.
What Type of Stem Cells Would Be Used?
While there are several types of stem cell used in the science, the Lung Institute only treats with adult autologous stem cells. This means the stem cells are directly coming from a patient’s own body and are later infused back into the same patient. This decreases the possibility of rejection and eliminates any possible controversy associated with stem cells.
The Lung Institute offers two possible adult stem cell treatment options: bone marrow stem cell treatment and venous (blood-derived) stem cell treatment. Depending on the nature of the patient’s condition and health history, the bone marrow treatment is always performed in conjunction with the venous treatment. But on the other hand, the venous treatment can be performed independently when needed. During these treatments, the adult stem cells go through a specific process to target the damaged tissue or organ.
How It Works
The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s body either through bone marrow or blood depending on the treatment type. The stem cells are isolated by a trained professional in a clinical setting. The adult stem cells are quickly returned to the patient either intravenously or with the use of a nebulizer, which allows patients to breathe in the adult stem cells. Now, the stem cells 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 and live better.