Patient Experience

What To Expect During Your Time with Us


How the Patient Experience at the Lung Institute is Different

At the Lung Institute, we take a patient-centric approach to the treatment experience. We differentiate ourselves from other healthcare providers by employing patient care coordinators, or highly trained individuals that act as the patient’s guide throughout his or her treatment program.

Our patient care coordinators are available to answer any questions that current or potential patients have about our stem cell treatment options for lung disease. From the moment you contact our office, through treatment and follow-up care, your patient care coordinator will be your dedicated touchstone ensuring that you are fully informed and comfortable. The process has been designed by our physicians and administrative staff to bring the utmost ease and assurance to all of our patients throughout their time at the Lung Institute.

Step 1: Initial Contact

From the moment you contact the Lung Institute, one of our patient care coordinators will answer questions and learn about you and your medical condition. Once you decide that our treatment option is something you would be interested in pursuing, your dedicated patient care coordinator will arrange a free consultation at your convenience.

Step 2: Consultation

Patient consultations typically take place in office, but they can also be conducted over the phone. During this time, your overseeing physician will ask a series of medical questions to determine your candidacy for treatment. Once you have been verified as a candidate, your Lung Institute physician will outline a personalized treatment plan for you. At this time, you may be given a brief physical and may be asked to contact your general practitioner and/or pulmonologist to provide previous test results. You will then book your appointment for treatment with the Lung Institute administrative staff.

Step 3: The Procedure

All stem cell procedures are performed on an outpatient basis in the Lung Institute office. The entire treatment process takes place in three to four hours over the course of two days. On the first day of the stem cell procedure, you will have an opportunity for further discussion, including being taken step-by-step through the process with your physician.

The stem cells are then harvested, isolated and re-administered into the body intravenously. Once the stem cells are re-inserted into the patient’s body, they may travel to the source of damage in the lungs and cue the pathways that aid in the promotion of healthy lung tissue.

Upon the completion of the stem cell procedure, your physician will go over at-home care and have you schedule a follow-up appointment with the Lung Institute administrative staff. You will be advised to relax for the next few weeks, as your body will be undergoing an accelerated healing process. You will receive follow-up calls two weeks, three months and six months following your treatment. The patient is encouraged to return for a follow-up appointment either at the Lung Institute or with their pulmonologist at their three-month mark.

Step 4: Post-procedure Care

The type and level of follow-up care you will be provided will depend upon your individual requirements and the type of treatment you received (either bone marrow or venous). We will instruct you on the precise home care practice you will need to perform during the next couple of weeks. At the Lung Institute, we keep close track of our patients’ progress to ensure that their recovery is in line with protocol, and we keep track of our patients’ breathing and everyday physical capabilities before and after treatment. If necessary, we also customize a medication regimen to aid in recovery.

If you would like to find out more about our available treatment options, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to schedule a free consultation.

* 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.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

Under current FDA guidelines and regulations 1271.10 and 1271.15, the Lung Institute complies with all necessary requirements for operation. The Lung Institute is firmly in accordance with the conditions set by the FDA for exemption status and conducts itself in full accordance with current guidelines. Any individual who accesses Lung Institute's website for information is encouraged to speak with his or her primary physician for treatment suggestions and conclusive evidence. All information on this site should be used for educational and informational use only.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and stem cell procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.