Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Lung Disease

At Stemwell, we’ve seen great results with our stem cell treatment for COPD. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatment has slowed and even reversed some of the lung deterioration seen in patients with COPD and other lung complications. Our numerous, robust, and youthful processed cells have the incredible ability to become specialized cells capable of healing and repairing injured tissue, such as those found in a damaged set of lungs.

 The world of stem cell therapy for COPD is fraught with controversy. While PRP (plasma rich platelets) cell treatment is completely legal in the United States, treatments without cell manipulation are unlikely to be clinically relevant.

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The Condition

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term inflammatory disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. It is typically caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases such as cigarette smoke.

As the disease progresses, worsening airflow limitation makes it increasingly difficult to allow air into the lungs, and people with COPD are at an increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer, and a variety of other conditions.

Symptoms of COPD can vary, but in general may include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • Cough
  • Mucus (sputum) production
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent respiratory infections

People with COPD are also more likely to have exacerbations, which are episodes in which their symptoms worsen and last for several days. 

Stem Cells and COPD?

How does stem cell treatment for COPD work?

Adult stem cells can be thought of as “small doctors” who live inside our bodies and take care of minor bumps and bruises. On a daily basis, their job is to heal and repair the body by creating and regenerating tissue. If you cut your finger, these cells will tend to the wound and regenerate new skin.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from umbilical cords, create the most potent stem cell treatment ready for implantation. This is the best alternative to provide cellular repair to the damage found in lungs as a result of COPD, as supported by years of research and Stemwell’s own experience.

Shortly after implantation, and when results start showing, essentially making it easier for the patient to breathe, quality of life improves in the form of: 

  • Breathing becomes easier
  • Energy and stamina increases
  • Bronchial infections become less frequent
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How Effective Stem Cells are

Stem Cell therapy for COPD and Pulmonary Emphysema

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatment, and stem cell therapy for pulmonary emphysema, improves breathing by restoring blood flow to the lungs and repairing damaged tissue in the airways.

Our stem cell implantation therapy is a minimally invasive, outpatient chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatment that requires little to no recovery or down time.

Before any part of the procedure is performed, the prospective patient must be evaluated by Stemwell’s medical team to assess their specific case and determine if they are a candidate to be invited for treatment. Before proceeding with stem cell treatment for COPD, Stemwell’s doctors review the patient’s current lab results, as well as their clinical and surgical history.

The entire procedure takes three days in a clinical outpatient setting and requires little to no down time because it is performed under local anesthesia.

 

What is Pulmonary Emphysema?

Pulmonary Emphysema

Emphysema is a long-term, progressive lung disease with the primary symptom of constant shortness of breath caused by alveolar over-inflation (the air sacs in the lung).

The alveoli in your lungs are arranged like bunches of grapes. The inner walls of these air sacs weaken and eventually rupture in emphysema. This results in one larger air space rather than many small ones, reducing the surface area of the lungs. Because blood oxygenates inside the alveoli, the amount of oxygen that reaches the bloodstream is reduced.

COPD symptoms frequently do not appear until significant lung damage has occurred, and they typically worsen over time, especially if the patient is a smoker. 

What is the prognosis and life expectancy for a person with COPD?

–  People with mild COPD (stage 1) have a very good prognosis and may have a relatively normal life expectancy, but this decreases as the severity of the staging increases.

–  People with COPD who are admitted to an ICU have a 24 per cent mortality rate, which can double for people over the age of 65.

–  A COPD patient who receives a lung transplant has a five-year average life expectancy (provided that there are no further complications).