COPD or Emphysema Treated by Stem Cells
In patients that have emphysema, or COPD, the elastin and collagen in the lungs, which is the main supporting structure, has been destroyed. It is usually from smoking or sometimes a genetic disease.
The lungs are over inflated and the alveolus, the area where the oxygen exchange occurs, has no supporting tissue to keep them expanded. When we treat patients with stem cells, these cells will regenerate collagen and elastin throughout the lungs.
The results we see after stem cell treatment is less air trapping, decreased need for supplemental oxygen and increased respiratory volume, as well as significant improvements in the pulmonary function tests (PFTs). Patients can take easier, deeper breaths, and they do not have to work as hard to breathe. That means, they need less oxygen and many times patients can be taken off oxygen completely. In addition, there is a significant reduction in the number of nebulizers, medications and hospitalizations needed after a stem cell treatment.