What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the foundation to every organism on the planet. They are able to self-renew and replicate, which includes the unique ability to form any type of tissue or organ in the body. As a result of stem cells’ plasticity, adult stem cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ.
Why Use Stem Cells?
Stem cells can be transferred into any single organ in the body since stem cells have the ability to morph into many different types of specialized cells. As a result of the ability to self-renew indefinitely, they have the capability to divide repeatedly. They specialize to promote the healing of organs while still sustaining the original undifferentiated cell.
What Stem Cells are Available?
While there are a vast amount of stem cells available, the Lung Institute only works with adult autologous stem cells, so the stem cells used are coming directly from an adult patient’s own body. This lowers the chances of rejection and undermines any possible controversy associated with stem cells.
The Lung Institute performs two different stem cell treatments: bone marrow and venous (blood-derived). The type of procedure is dependent on the patient and their medical needs. Depending on the nature of the patient’s condition and health history, the bone marrow option is always performed in conjunction with the venous option while the venous procedure may be performed independently. During the treatment, the stem cells go through a specific process in order to help people breathe better.
The Whole Process
The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s body either through bone marrow or blood depending on the procedure being done. The stem cells are isolated by a trained professional. The stem cells are quickly returned to the patient intravenously. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they will begin to target and promote the healing of lung tissue. With their ability to continually replicate, the lungs grow stronger, and patients are able to breathe easier.