Stem Cell Treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD refers to chronic bronchitis and emphysema, a pair of two commonly co-existing diseases of the lungs in which the airways become narrowed. This leads to a limitation of the flow of air to and from the lungs causing shortness of breath. In contrast to asthma, the limitation of airflow is poorly reversible and usually gets progressively worse over time.
The Cells4health COPD Stem Cell Treatment
The COPD treatment differs from standard methods because it is a drug-free alternative focused on repairing the lungs.
The entire procedure requires patients to stay for 4 or 5 nights.
Diagnostics and Physical Assessment
Before stem cell implantation, each patient undergoes blood tests at the clinic and a comprehensive physical assessment.
Step 1 – Bone Marrow Collection
Bone marrow is collected from the patient’s iliac crest (hip bone) using thin-needle mini-puncture under local anesthesia. Although some pain is felt when the needle is inserted, most patients do not find the bone marrow collection procedure particularly painful. The entire procedure normally takes about 30 minutes.
Once the bone marrow collection is complete, patients may return to their hotel and go about normal activities.
More detailed information on the bone marrow collection procedure is available in the Bone Marrow Informed Consent document (PDF file).
Step 2 – Laboratory Processing
The stem cells are processed from the bone marrow in a state-of-the-art, government approved (cGMP) laboratory. In the lab, both the quantity and quality of the stem cells are measured. These cells have the potential to transform into multiple types of cells and are capable of regenerating or repairing damaged lung tissue.
Step 3 – Stem Cell Implantation
The stem cells are implanted back into the patient by angiography under local anesthesia or intravenously depending upon each patient’s individual medical needs.
A special catheter (thin hollow wire) is inserted into the femoral vein and then guided via x-ray scanning through the heart and into each pulmonary artery where 50% of the stem cells are implanted into the right pulmonary artery and 50% into the left. The angiography procedure takes about 90 minutes. Afterwards, the patient will spend 2 or 3 hours in the recovery room to ensure that the entry site is not bleeding.
The stem cells are implanted directly into the bloodstream via intravenous injection. This procedure is very straighforward, quick and safe. Patients may leave the clinic very soon after the IV injection is complete.
Read what our patients have to say about their stem cell therapy:
Frank Wade, 68 years, COPD
“The physiotherapist is amazed at how well I am doing…”
Helio P., Pulmonary Hypertension
“His medical exams are much better as well as his quality of life…”
Treatment Evaluation Process
To begin the treatment evaluation process, you must complete an online medical history form. Once you’ve completed the online medical history and submitted it, a patient relations consultant will contact you. He or she will assist you with the rest of the evaluation process. Upon treatment approval, your consultant will also assist you with treatment scheduling and trip preparation.