The Basics of Stem Cell Treatment from Blood
Patients may undergo a stem cell treatment derived from blood. This is called a venous stem cell treatment. This purely blood-derived treatment is less invasive. Venous stem cell treatment has proven effective in combating chronic lung disease. For optimal results, follow-up treatments may need to be performed more often.
Blood-derived Stem Cell Treatment
The venous stem cell procedure is performed in a clinical outpatient setting over the course of three days. After the Lung Institute’s medical staff has determined that a patient is a candidate for treatment, he or she will be asked to fill out all of the required paperwork and necessary forms. An electrocardiogram (EKG) and pulmonary function test will be performed, and the patient will go through a preparation process to stimulate stem cell production within the body. Following the insertion of an IV, the autologous hematopoietic stem cells are harvested, washed, isolated and returned to the patient’s body intravenously where they can begin restoring the patient’s lungs. This process is repeated on days two and three of the patient’s treatment program. This minimally invasive procedure has proven to be a viable option for many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At the end of day three, the overseeing physician will do a thorough final evaluation of the patient’s treatment and prep him or her for follow-up care.
Follow-Up Care to Stem Cell Treatment From Blood
The patient will receive follow up care two weeks, three months and six months following his or her treatment. The patient is encouraged to return for a follow-up appointment with his or her pulmonologist at the three-month mark.