What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells make up every organism in the world; they are essential to sustaining life as we know it. They are able to form any tissue or organ in the body since they are able to continuously replicate and self-renew. What differentiates stem cells from other types of cells is their plasticity, which means adult stem cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ. This is how stem cells can play a major role in regenerative medicine.
Why Use Stem Cells?
Adult stem cells treatment can be used to improve the function of any organ or tissue in the body since stem cells are able to mimic any type of differentiated cells. Since they are able to self-renew indefinitely, they can divide repeatedly and specialize to promote the healing of organs, such as lungs, while still sustaining the original undifferentiated cell. This can improve function by creating new tissue and strengthening organs.
What Stem Cells Would Be Used?
While there are several types of stem cells used in the science, the Lung Institute only treats with adult autologous stem cells. This means the stem cells are directly coming from a patient’s own body and are later returned to the same patient. This decreases the chances of rejection and undermines any possible controversy with stem cells.
The Lung Institute offers two possible adult stem cell treatments: bone marrow stem cell treatments and venous (blood-derived) stem cell treatments. Depending on the nature of the patient’s condition and health history, the bone marrow treatments are always performed in conjunction with the venous treatments. In comparison, the venous treatments can be performed independently when needed for the patient. During adult stem cells treatment, the adult stem cells go through a specific process to target the damaged tissue or organ.
How Does It Work?
The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s body either through bone marrow or blood depending on the treatment type. The stem cells are isolated by a trained professional in a clinical setting. The adult stem cells are quickly returned to the patient either intravenously or with the use of a nebulizer, which allows individuals to breathe in the adult stem cells. At this point, the stem cells will begin to promote the healing of lung tissue. With their ability to continually replicate, the lungs grow stronger, and patients are able to breathe easier and live better.