Stem Cells: The Building Block of Regenerative Therapy
Stem 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 stem 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 Stem Cells Work?
Stem cells can be transferred into any single organ in the body since stem 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 Stem 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 stem cells. This means the stem cells are directly coming from an adult patient’s own body. This decreases the possibility of rejection, eliminates any possible controversy associated with stem cells and promotes lung regeneration.
The Lung Institute offers two different regenerative therapies: bone marrow stem cell therapy and venous (blood-derived) stem cell 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 stem cells go through a specific process in order to be ready to help people breathe better.
Regenerative Therapy Process
The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s body either through bone marrow or blood. The stem cells are isolated by a trained professional. Almost immediately, the stem cells are returned to the patient intravenously. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they will begin to promote healing tissue. With their ability to continually replicate, the lungs grow stronger, and patients are able to breathe easier.