Over the last decade, stem cell treatment has been getting good results for an increasing list of maladies. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which causes severe inflammation and destruction of lung tissue has been shown to be helped by this type of treatment as well. Stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own lungs, separated from other cells and replaced in the patient’s lungs. This “triggers” the replaced stem cells to begin replacing damaged tissue. As with any other medical treatment, results here can vary widely among patients. But results among many of those undergoing this therapy have been promising, and pulmonary specialists are excited about this new tool for fighting chronic lung disease.

And at the forefront of using stem cell therapy to combat chronic lung disease is the Lung Institute. Its treatment facilities use stem cells derived either from a patient’s blood or bone marrow, and use it to treat not only COPD but:

  • emphysema
  • chronic bronchitis
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • interstitial lung disease

The Lung Institute was founded by a group of pulmonary specialists from around the country who were concerned that only lung disease symptoms were being treated instead of the underlying diseases. By both treating symptoms and achieving healthier lungs through therapy, this organization has greatly improved the quality of life for many sufferers, and now has clinics in Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, and Arizona. Check out the website: lunginstitute.com

While stem cell harvesting and transplanting may seem the stuff of science fiction, in the hands of Lung Institute specialists, it’s a minimally invasive two day procedure that is an out-patient event. From the first phone call to follow-up contact, Lung Institute employees help patients submit paperwork, book appointments, and walk them through the process of stem cell healing. And the results? Patients with as little as 15% lung capacity have reported significant improvement in daily functioning, while others have been able to resume abandoned chores, lifestyles, and more. So for those suffering from COPD and other lung issues that have had a crippling effect on routines, the Lung Institute may offer a way to enjoy life and taking a deep breath again.

For more info, check out the Lung Institute’s Facebook page.