What is a Stem Cell?
Stem cells are the building blocks of life–essential to every organism. They self-renew and replicate, with the ability to form any type of tissue in the body. Adult stem cells from one organ can create tissue for another organ, a quality known as plasticity. Plasticity is the key function of stem cells in regenerative medicine.
How Does the Lung Institute use Stem Cells?
The Lung Institute offers stem cell treatment for many major pulmonary conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. The Lung Institute uses autologous stem cells, cells derived from the patient’s own body. These versatile cells are extracted from adipose (fat) tissue, bone marrow or the individual’s own blood (venous), depending on the patient’s current condition and health history. Adult stem cells can form many types of differentiated cells, so when they are returned to the patient, they will target damaged lung tissue, potentially leading to improved lung function. Our minimally invasive, outpatient stem cell procedures change lives simply by helping patients to breathe more easily.
The Stem Cell Treatment Process
In treatment of pulmonary conditions, autologous stem cells are stimulated to multiply by natural growth factors. Once the desired volume of stem cells is available, the cells are extracted from the patient’s own blood, adipose tissue or bone marrow. Stem cells are isolated and returned to the patient intravenously or through the use of a nebulizer. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they begin to regenerate new lung tissue. Since stem cells can continuously replicate, lung function improves following treatment.