Stem Cell Therapy for COPD
COPD, is short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD is progressive illness that makes it very difficult to breathe properly. “Progressive” means that COPD gets worse with time. One of COPD’s most common symptoms is heavy coughing. Coughing produces a lot of mucus (slimy substance produced by body) causing chest tightness,wheezing and shortness of breath.
What Causes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Video)
Cigarette smoking is generally regarded as one of the main triggers for COPD. Most people suffering from COPD are aslo usually light to heavy smokers. Long-term exposure to large amounts of lung irritants such as air pollution, dust,chemical fumes are also big contributors to people being diagnosed with COPD disease. To better understand COPD, its beneficial to know about the function of the lungs and how the breathing processes take place . The air coming in through the mouth goes straight to your windpipe, then to the bronchial tubes inside the lungs. Inside your lungs, there are also many other smaller, thinner tubes that branch out from the bronchial tubes called bronchioles.
The bronchioles are directly connected as a bunch of small round air sacs called the alveoli. The tiny blood vessels known as capillaries run inside the walls of the alveoli.As soon as air goes to the alveoli, the oxygen in the air goes through the air sac wall then into the blood through the capillaries. At the same time, the carbon dioxide waste gas goes into the air sacs coming from the capillaries. This procedure is known as a gas exchange.
The air sacs and the airways are quite flexible or elastic by nature. Every time you breathe the air sacs fill up like a little balloons. Whenever you breathe out, the opposite happens, the alveoli then deflates and air goes out.
COPD Treatment with Stem Cells
With COPD, there is much less air flows in and out of the airways due to one or more of the following reasons:
- Airways and air sacs shed their elastic abilities due to an underlying medical condition
- The walls between the air sacs or the alveoli are damaged or destroyed
- The walls inside the airways become inflamed and too thick for gas exchange
- Too much mucus is produced by the airways which causes it to clog the airways
How do Stem Cells Treat COPD?
Stem cells are recognized as the building blocks of biology due to their amazing regenerative properties. These totipotent cells help with the natural development of human tissues and blood cells. In the stem cell treatment for COPD protocol, the destroyed lung tissues and cells causing the various types of complications are targeted for regeneration. Using lab enhanced stem cells allows our doctors to target specific regions to stop the spread of the disease, reduce inflammation (in alveoli pathway ) to allow natural healing of the previously damaged cells through a function known as immunomodulation. The goal of our treatments for lung diseases such as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and Emphysema is to help create the optimal environment for angiogenesis to build new capillaries in the lungs which leads to tissue repair and significantly better lung function.
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Cell Delivery using Angiography
Angiograph is a special catheter that is inserted in the femoral vein. This catheter is then guided through x-ray into the heart. The pulmonary arteries are treated using enriched MSC stem cell concentrate that injected on each side of the heart The angiography process requires about 90 minutes in total.
Enhanced Cell Therapy for COPD
Number of Treatment Sessions For COPD: 2-6 Enriched Hematopoietic Mesenchymal Cells Injections per Treatment Stage (Multiple stages may be required for severe cases)
Type of Stem Cells and Injections: Mesenchymal Stem cells that will be derived from Lab Enriched Allogeneic sources such as amniotic derived, Cord blood derived, or Placenta derived cells. depending on the type and severity of damage to the patient. The treatment injections will be made via a Guided CT Scanner (when necessary) or through an Intravenous Drip,Direct injection or Intrathecally.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation After Treatment (Optional): Pulmonary Rehab is available at Bangkok Hospital but is optional depending on the patient’s travel/time constraints. Complete lung rehabilitation and can be provided upon request for 2-5 hours per day and up to 5 days per week. Additional Medical visas and accommodations for extended stay for the patient and family can also be provided upon request.
Total Treatment Length : The COPD protocol is an intensive multi-stage program and will require 14-21 nights in Thailand (depending on the severity of the underlying disease)
Cost for COPD Treatment in Bangkok
As mentioned previously, our intensive treatment protocol for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with Stem Cells will require a minimum of 14-21 nights in Bangkok. Due to the varying degrees of lung damage and the stage of the disease our pulmonary specialists will need to qualify the potential candidates before a detailed treatment protocol can be provided. Upon approval, a detailed treatment plan will be provided that will includes the specifics such as exact total number nights required along with the total medical related costs (excluding accommodations or flights). To begin the qualification process for our multi-stage treatment protocol please prepare your recent medical records such as (MRI/CT Scans) and contact us today.