What is a Stem Cell?
A stem cell is the essential building block for every living organism. Similar to other cells, stem cells are able to self-renew and replicate, but they are unique in their ability to form any type of tissue or organ in the body. Their plasticity—their ability to come from one organ and create tissue from another organ—is one of the reasons stem cells are so useful in regenerative medicine.
Why Stem Cells?
Stem cells can be used in any organ in the body since they can develop into many various types of specialized cells. Since cells self-renew indefinitely, stem cells have the ability to divide repeatedly and continuously decrease the effects of lung disease on patients. They are able to promote healingd organs while still sustaining the original undifferentiated cell.
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
While there are a large amount of stem cells used in science, Lung Institute only works with adult autologous stem cells, which means the stem cells come directly from an adult patient’s body only to be returned to the same patient. This limits the potential for rejection and undermines any possible controversy associated with stem cells.
The Lung Institute performs two unique stem cell treatments: bone marrow stem cell treatments and venous (blood-derived) stem cell treatments. Depending on the nature of the patient’s disease and their medical history, the bone marrow procedure is always performed with the venous procedure while the venous stem cell procedure can be performed independently. Throughout either procedure, the stem cells go through a specific process in order to help people breathe easier and live better.
How Does It Work?
The cells are then extracted from the patient’s bone marrow or blood depending on the optimal treatment for the given patient. The stem cells are isolated in a clinical setting, and then the extracted stem cells are returned to the patient either intravenously or with the use of a nebulizer, which allows patients to breathe in the stem cells. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they will begin to improve the damaged lung tissue. As a result, the lungs grow stronger, and patients are able to breathe easier.
If you or a loved one is ready to learn more about stem cell treatment available in Tampa, so that they can minimize the effects of lung disease and take back their life, contact us or call us at (800) 729-3065.