Stem Cell Treatment 101

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are the building blocks of life; they are essential to every living organism. They have the capability to self-renew and replicate—capable of forming any kind of tissue or organ in the body. Uniquely, stem cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ; this is called plasticity.

Why Use Stem Cells?

Adult stem cells are capable of transferring into any organ in the body since stem cells have the capacity to develop many types of differentiated cells. Since they have the ability to self-renew indefinitely, they are capable of dividing many times, thus they specialize to promote the healing of organs while still sustaining the original cell.

What Kind of Stem Cells are here?

While there are an excessively large number of stem cells in the body, the Lung Institute only utilizes adult autologous stem cells. This means the stem cells are coming directly from an adult patient’s own body. This minimizes the potential of rejection and undermines any possible controversy associated with stem cells.

The Lung Institute performs two different stem cell treatments: bone marrow stem cell treatments and venous (blood-derived) stem cell treatments. The type of treatment is dependent on the patient, his or her medical history and his or her current condition. Depending on the nature of the patient’s condition and health history, the bone marrow procedure is always performed in conjunction with the venous procedure while the venous procedure may be performed on its own. During these treatments, the stem cells go through a very 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. The stem cells are isolated by a trained professional in a clinical setting. Almost immediately, the stem cells are given back to the patient either intravenously. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they will begin to promote the healing of lung tissue. With their ability to replicate repeatedly, the lungs grow stronger, and patients are able to breathe better.

If you or a loved one want to learn more about how stem cell treatments can be used to combat lung disease, contact us or call us at (800) 729-3065.



* All treatments performed at Lung Institute utilize autologous stem cells, meaning those derived from a patient's own body. No fetal or embryonic stem cells are utilized in Lung Institute's procedures. Lung Institute aims to improve patients' quality of life and help them breathe easier through the use of autologous stem cell therapy. To learn more about how stem cells work for lung disease, click here.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

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As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and stem cell procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.