Stem Cell Therapy for COPD

May 24, 2012

The increasing trend of smoking and air pollution has affected human health badly; more and more people are succumbing to diseases of airways and lungs. Air pollution and smoking are commonly present in every country especially in industrialized centers. Significant numbers of people complaining of chronic cough, breathlessness and repeated chest infections are diagnosed having airway or lung disease. When we go behind the causes of such complaints, bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease come on the top. COPD is especially dangerous because it gradually causes lung damage and results in respiratory failure and heat failure.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is actually a disease of lung as well as airways. It is caused by chronic irritation of airways (by smoking, dust, air pollution) that sets an inflammatory response resulting in narrowing of airways and damage to the lungs. The suffers complain of cough with sputum, shortness of breath, wheezing and in advance stages body swelling due to heart failure. It is a terrifying fact that around 200 million people worldwide are suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD and approximately 3 million deaths annually are attributed to this deadly disease. With so much disease burden worldwide, COPD stands among the major health problems. The question arises is there some curative treatment for COPD or not?

Previously available treatments for COPD have their only limitations and complications; they don’t have curative potential rather they only improve the situation for some times. Conventional medical therapy is not effective at restoring lung function while on the other hand heart lung transplantation (an option for patients which advanced COPD and respiratory failure/heart failure) is not available to each patient due to higher cost, higher mortality and limited number of donors. This necessitates an innovative treatment of COPD; a treatment which is both curative and safely available to every patient. Such a treatment for COPD is stem cell therapy.

Stem cell therapy stands high on the list as a definite and curative treatment with potential availability for almost every person. It has passed through stages of animal experimentation and clinical trials on humans to be declared a safe treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. Many countries of the world have tested stem cell therapy for cure or remission of COPD patients.

How Stem Cell Therapy Cures COPD?

Stem cells, as we know, have the potential to differentiate into different types of cells including cells present in the lungs. When we inject stem cells in a patient with COPD and administer some specific type of factors that help cell differentiation and growth, they reach at the site of damaged cells and replace them. Stem cells take the function of damaged cells and help in healing the injury and setting off the fire of destruction. Lung function is improved gradually after stem cell transplantation and patient gets his complaints allayed in matter of months. Stem cell therapy has several advantages over heart/lung transplant and these include:

  1. Stem cells are easily available as opposed to donors for heart-lung transplantation.
  2. There are minimal risks involved in stem cell therapy while during heart lung transplantation patient may also risk their life.
  3. Success rates are higher and chances of further improvement are still present.

Stem Cell Therapy For COPD in Mexico

Mexico Stem Cell Therapy is among the top rated places in the world for stem cell transplantation. Our hospitals especially are registered for this purpose and comply with the guidelines of safety and standard. Latest technology and experienced stem cell physicians make the therapy happen in a very pleasant and successful environment. Patients around the world enjoy these facilities and a high standard of care.

We offer stem cell therapy for a number of diseases including lung-related diseases, such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and interstitial lung disease.

  • Umbilical cord blood is used at our hospitals as a source of stem cells which is 100% ethical (having no conflict with any religion). The procedure of stem cell transplantation takes only 6 weeks so you can have your treatment done in swift and successful way.
  • The autologous stem cells are extracted from patient’s own tissues: Adipose (fat), Bone marrow, or Blood (venous). The stem cells are then isolated and reintroduced to the patient. The stem cells get trapped, pulmonary trap, when they arrive in the lungs (see National Institute of Health (NIH) research) and they begin to promote healing.

The best regenerative medicine option will be based on your medical history and health condition. Remember, the sooner you get treatment the better the results.

If you would like to find out more about treatment options, contact our patient coordinators today at (855) 768-7247. We work with you and your pulmonologist to improve your condition.

Updated – Dec 29, 2015

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