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 does Stem Cell Treatment for COPD work?
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 autologous stem cells from the patients own blood,marrow or fat the doctors are able to promote rapid healing of previously damaged cells. The goal of the stem cell COPD other lung diseases such as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and Treatment for Emphysema is to generate new lung tissues and blood vessels through angiogenesis.
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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.
Cell Regeneration Center Thailand COPD Treatment Protocol
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: Adult Mesenchymal Stem cells that will be derived from Allogeneic Peripheral Blood cells,Cord blood cells,Placenta derived cells or via Autologous derived stem cells (Adipose Tissue). 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 in Bangkok 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 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 (COPD Stem Cell Therapy) 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.