Cellular Therapy Pittsburgh
Occupational Lung Disease in Pittsburgh
The American Lung Association recently released their 2015 State of the Air report listing the cities with the cleanest and most polluted air. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the city once again ranked among those with the most polluted air in the nation. With the combination of the pollution in the air, the high prevalence of lung disease in the area and the local steel mills and coal mines, many people believe that occupational lung disease in Pittsburgh is on the rise. For those suffering from chronic lung disease, look out for the Lung Institute in Pittsburgh in July of 2015.
Occupational lung disease is a result of chronic respiratory infections caused by workplace hazards, such as breathing in sand and dust particles, harsh chemicals, small metal particles, and, in the case of black lung disease, coal dust. Occupational lung disease takes many years to develop, so often times symptoms don’t show up until the disease has already caused significant lung damage. Lung disease is expensive and many workers have to fight to get employers to cover costs. However, expensive medications, or, in more serious cases, a lung transplant, don’t have to be the only option. Minimally invasive cellular therapy is now an effective treatment for lung disease.
Many lung disease sufferers have opted in for cellular therapy to improve their quality of life. While cellular therapy isn’t a cure for lung disease, it has improved many patients’ quality of life. The Lung Institute uses cellular therapy to improve lung function. Everyone has cells in their bodies that act as our body’s system to promote healing. Cellular therapy specifically targets damaged areas and accelerates the healing process. The Lung Institute uses a minimally invasive procedure that extracts cells from the blood, and reintroduces them back into the body, targeting the damaged lung tissue. Cellular therapy has significantly improved many patients’ lives by allowing them to breathe easier and do the things that they enjoy in life.
How it Works
Once the desired volume of cells are available, they are harvested from the patient’s own blood. The cells are then processed and returned to the patient intravenously. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they will begin to promote healing. Since cells can continually replicate, there is the possibility that healing of the lungs can be promoted.
While cellular therapy doesn’t cure lung disease, in most cases it significantly improves patients’ quality of life. Cellular therapy has been used to treat various lung diseases, including COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis and bronchietasis. Many Pittsburgh residents suffer from occupational lung disease, and the Lung Institute looks forward to provide an alternative treatment option for these residents.
If you or a loved one suffers from chronic lung disease, contact the Lung Institute to find out if cellular therapy can help get your life back within reach. Contact us by calling (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify.