December 26th, 2014
COPD, is short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD is progressive illness that makes it very difficult to breathe properly. “Progressive” means that the disease gets worse with time. One of the most common symptoms with this condition is heavy coughing. Coughing produces a lot of mucus (slimy substance produced by body) causing chest tightness,wheezing and shortness of breath.
Cigarette smoking is generally regarded as one of the main triggers for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disorders. Most people suffering from COPD are also usually smokers. Long-term exposure to large amounts of lung irritants such as air pollution, smoke, dust,chemical fumes are also big contributors to people being diagnosed with this 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.
With COPD, there is much less air flows in and out of the airways due to one or more of the following reasons:
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.
Number of Treatment Sessions For COPD: 2-6 Infusions of Clinical Grade Mesenchymal Cells per Treatment (Multiple stages may be required for severe cases)
Type of Stem Cells Used: Most patients with mild to moderate Pulmonary disease require Allogeneic cell transplants derived from HLA matched Amniotic Membrane, Cord blood, or Human placenta cells. For elderly patients or candidates with progressive respiratory diseases an aggressive combination protocol will be required. All our cells are screened and certified against having Infectious Diseases and the strength and sterility documentation of using good cellular manufacturing processes at time of treatment. Our Lung disease treatments do not require invasive surgeries and the cells are delivered painlessly using Guided CT Scanners,Ultrasounds (when necessary) through an IV “Intravenous” Drip and/or Intrathecally.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation After Treatment (Optional): Pulmonary Rehab is available at Bumrungrad international hospital or Bangkok Hospital depending on the patient’s travel limitations and timing constraints. A dedicated lung rehabilitation specialist will be available upon request for 2-5 hours per day and up to 6 days per week. Medical visas and accommodations for extended stay for the patient and family can also be provided upon special request.
Total Treatment Length : The COPD protocol we offer is an intensive multistage course and will require an estimated 14-21 nights in Thailand (depending on the severity of the underlying disease)
Due to the varying degrees of lung damage our pulmonary specialists will need to review the patients medical records to better understand his/her needs. A full treatment plan will be provided upon qualification and the entire treatment will require a minimum of 14-21 nights in Bangkok to complete. To learn more about our unique cell therapies or to begin the pre-qualification process please prepare your recent pulmonary tests and medical records (MRI or Chest CT Scans) and contact us today.