What is COPD? COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, refers to a group of lung diseases including emphysema and bronchitis that block airflow and make breathing difficult. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Symptoms of this disease can include wheezing and a chronic cough. This persistent condition is most often caused by smoking or inhaling tobacco smoke, but can also be traced back to air pollution, infectious diseases, genetic conditions or inhaling chemical fumes and dust.
Unfortunately, the condition is degenerative and damage to the lungs cannot be reversed, it can only be managed. At times, the patient can be subjected to long-term use of inhalers, steroids, and oxygen therapy. But there are other alternative treatment options that can help.
How Stem Cell Therapy Can Help?
Studies have shown that stem cells and stem cell therapy have the ability to reverse the effects of degenerative diseases, such as lung disease. These cells are located naturally within your own body, and their primary role is to repair and preserve the tissue in which they reside. They are typically dormant in the adult body and do not replicate unless sparked by an event that requires healing, such as illness or injury. Nevertheless, if new stem cells are introduced to a damaged area, they can encourage healing, regeneration, or even regrow damaged tissue.
Although other therapies involving the use of regenerative stem cells may be derived from the patient’s adipose (fat) cells or bone marrow, these measures can be painful to obtain and because of the age of the tissue, may lose potency over time. This is why the stem cells we use are safely and ethically derived from a substance called Wharton’s Jelly located within the umbilical cord tissue. Unlike older adult stem cells, this specific tissue is rich in collagen, growth factors, mesenchymal stem cells, hyaluronic acid, proteins, peptides and a number of other components crucial to repairing injured tissue. Moreover, Wharton’s Jelly-derived mesenchymal cells are the most viable, potent, and effective, giving our patients the best chance to stimulate their body’s natural ability to heal.
Results and Additional Benefits
Stem cell procedures are done safely by a doctor and may improve the quality of life for patients living with COPD by:
- reducing the inflammation within the airways which can potentially prevent further damage to the lungs
- stimulating the formation of new capillaries, leading to improved lung function
- building new, healthy lung tissue which can replace the damaged tissue within the lungs
These cutting edge treatments offer enormous regenerative potential without the risk of your body’s rejection due to the nature of the cells. Therefore, they may be a more viable alternative to risky and painful lung transplants.
If you are interested in seeking out more information on how stem cell therapy can assist you or a loved one who is suffering from COPD, please don’t hesitate to contact us!