Stem Cell Procedure
By using bone marrow to harvest stem cells, patients have the opportunity to breathe easier. This two-part outpatient procedure is minimally invasive and is completed over the course of three days. Each day will require several hours in our office where the stem cells will be harvested, processed and reintroduced into your body. After reintroduction, the stem cells can begin to promote healing and improve your lung function.
Why Choose Bone Marrow?
Bone marrow contains a much greater number of adult stem cells than found in peripheral blood. The amount of stem cells harvested from a bone marrow procedure have proven to result in a high patient success rate and a significant improvement on patient quality of life. Now, patients that have previously only qualified for the venous procedure are eligible for the bone marrow treatment.
Bone Marrow Stem Cell Procedure
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 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 clean and isolate 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 promote healing and improve your lung function.
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.
On the last day of treatment, a Lung Institute clinician will assess the patient for discharge and outline what the next few weeks will look like in terms of follow-up care. Generally, the patient will receive follow-up care at 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 his or her three-month mark. At any time post-treatment, patients are welcome to contact their Patient Coordinator with questions and status updates.
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