Cells: The Building Block of Regenerative Therapy
Cells are the building blocks of life; they are essential to every living organism. They are able to self-renew and replicate—with the ability to form every type of tissue or organ in the body. Adult cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ; this is called plasticity. This is key to their function as a regenerative medicine.
How Do Cells Work?
Cells can be transferred into any single organ in the body since cells have the capacity to develop into many possible differentiated cells. Since they are capable of self-renewing indefinitely, they will divide many times and will specialize to promote the healing of organs while still sustaining the original undifferentiated cell.
What Cells are Used in Regenerative Therapy?
While there are many options for the type of stem cell used in the world, the Lung Institute only treats with adult autologous cells. This means the cells are directly coming from an adult patient’s own body. This decreases the possibility of rejection, eliminates any possible controversy associated with cells and promotes healing.
The Lung Institute offers two different therapies: bone marrow cellular therapy and venous (blood-derived) cellular therapy. The type of therapy relies on the patient and their medical needs. On the other hand, the venous therapy may be performed on its own. During these therapies, the cells go through a specific process in order to be ready to help people breathe better.
Regenerative Therapy Process
The cells are extracted from the patient’s body either through bone marrow or blood. The cells are isolated by a trained professional. Almost immediately, the cells are returned to the patient intravenously. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they will begin to promote healing tissue. The lungs may grow stronger, and patients may begin breathe easier.