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Overview

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive, degenerative lung disease resulting from a long-term inflammatory response to inhaled irritants. As the inflammatory process continues, the small airways narrow, inhibiting airflow; and healthy lung tissue is broken down, preventing appropriate absorption of oxygen. Due to these disease processes, the ability to breathe becomes increasingly difficult. Eventually, even simple tasks and short bursts of activity can heavily strain an individual’s stamina. The result is a substantially reduced quality of life for an individual with COPD.

There are 2 main types of COPD:

Emphysema

is a common type of COPD in which the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, causing them to enlarge and burst. Damage in this area makes it difficult for people with emphysema to expel air from their lungs.

Chronic Bronchitis

causes inflammation and irritation of the airways, the tubes in your lungs where air passes through. When the air tubes are inflamed and irritated, thick mucus begins to form in them. Over time, this mucus plugs up airways and makes breathing difficult.

Although there is no cure for the disease, many patients can experience a significant reduction in the severity of their symptoms through stem cell therapy for COPD. With a stem cell transplant for COPD to targeted areas in the lungs and airway, the progression of the disease can be slowed and the patient’s quality of life can be improved by the lessening of the disease’s symptoms and complications. By focusing treatment on the specific areas of the respiratory system that are affected by the disease, stem cell therapy has the potential to make life easier for patients who have COPD. TruStem Cell Therapy has the potential to relieve multiple complications related to COPD, such as reduced stamina, decreased mobility, shortness of breath and respiratory infections.

Symptoms/Complications

What are some Potential Symptoms/Complications of COPD?

Increased breathlessness

Frequent coughing (with and without sputum)

Wheezing

Tightness in chest

Reliance on supplementary oxygen

Causes

What causes COPD?

Smoking

About 85 to 90 percent of all COPD cases are caused by cigarette smoking. When a cigarette burns, it creates more than 7,000 chemicals, many of which are harmful. The toxins in cigarette smoke weaken your lungs’ defense against infections, narrow air passages, cause swelling in air tubes and destroy air sacs—all contributing factors for COPD.

Environment

What you breathe every day at work, home and outside can play a role in developing COPD. Long-term exposure to air pollution, secondhand smoke and dust, fumes and chemicals (which are often work-related) can cause COPD.

Genetic

A small number of people have a rare form of COPD called alpha-1 deficiency-related emphysema. This form of COPD is caused by a genetic (inherited) condition that affects the body’s ability to produce a protein (Alpha-1) that protects the lungs.

TruStem Cell Therapy™

What type of stem cells are used and why?

TruStem Cell Therapy provides access to treatment that utilizes a patient’s stem cells isolated from his or her own fat tissue. There are multiple inherent benefits afforded by the utilization of adipose derived stem cells including their ability to differentiate into a broad variety of cell types (neurons, bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, etc.), they are present at comparatively much higher levels than other stem cell types, possess higher immunomodulatory capacity, and they do not endanger a patient’s health the way other stem cells might.

What steps are involved in receiving treatment through TruStem Cell TherapyTM?

There are three steps involved:
  1. Harvest

    Approximately 150-250cc’s of a patient’s own fat tissue is harvested through a minimally invasive, mini ­liposuction procedure. Generally, this fat tissue is collected from around the patient’s belly region.

    ● Adipose tissue is preferentially utilized because it is one of the richest, most accessible sources of stem cells in the human body.

  2. Process + Activate

    Harvested fat tissue is immediately taken to the onsite laboratory for processing. At this step, an optimized protocol is used to isolate the maximum number of stem cells from collected fat tissue.

    ● Stem cell activation is part of what makes TruStem Cell Therapy unique. The activation procedure is designed to augment efficacy.

  3. Administer

    TruStem Cell Therapy utilizes both systematic and novel administration methods to fully saturate the body with stem cells while targeting specific areas of injury.

How are stem cells administered back into COPD patients through TruStem Cell Therapy?

COPD patients who receive stem cell therapy through us can receive multiple systemic and targeted administration methods:

  • Systemic IV infusion of their stem cells to fully saturate the entire body.

  • Stem cells are delivered via a nebulizer for distribution throughout and deep into the lungs as the patients breathe in the stem cells.

What is unique about receiving stem cell therapy through TruStem Cell Therapy™ for COPD?

  • Our focus is safety, efficacy, and patient-­centric care when providing access to superior stem cell therapy.

  • We utilize only board-certified surgeons, physicians and accredited clinicians to provide care for patients.

  • Laboratory protocols are developed and refined by our PhD Neuroscientist.

  • A clinical team with expertise in practicing cellular ­based medicine.

  • Accredited Surgical Centers for enhanced procedural and patient safety

  • Skilled Patient Advocates who are trained to provide truthful, realistic expectations resulting from stem cell therapy. We do not make outlandish promises of cures or inaccurate claims related to improvement rates.

FAQ

Can this treatment cure COPD?

It is important for patients and caregivers to understand that current therapies, including stem cell treatment, do not provide a cure for COPD. However, TruStem Cell Therapy does have the potential to improve a patient’s quality of life by reducing symptoms and complications related to COPD as well as slowing its progression.

Are stem cells FDA approved for COPD?

The FDA has not approved stem cell therapy for COPD.  As noted above, studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy for this condition but additional studies are needed before FDA approval can be secured.

What type of improvements can I expect from stem cell therapy?

It is possible through these treatments, to improve a patient’s quality of life by minimizing disease-related symptoms and complications. For COPD patients, it is possible to see improvements in any one or multiple disease-related complications such as: supplemental oxygen consumption, stamina, mobility, fatigue, respiratory infections, shortness of breath, etc.  If you have questions regarding how these treatments may help you, please contact one of our Patient Advocates to learn more.

How long will it take to see improvements?

It is difficult to predict the timeline of a patient’s response. Every patient responds differently to treatment. It could take weeks to months for the stem cells to provide noticeable results.

What type of side-effects can a patient expect from stem cell therapy?

Typically patients will experience some level of soreness and bruising lasting roughly a week as a result of the mini-liposuction procedure. Additional complications have not been observed. Over a hundred studies and clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and minimal side-effect profile of stem cell therapy.

Let’s discuss your options.