Treatment for Emphysema in Pittsburgh

What is Emphysema?

Emphysema is one of the major obstructive lung diseases under the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) umbrella.  This lung condition gradually destroys the air sacs in the lungs, making it progressively more difficult to breathe. The tiny cluster-like air sacs in the lungs are responsible for bringing oxygen to the bloodstream. As emphysema progresses, the inner walls of the air sacs form holes, weakening their internal structure. The disease deters oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. Emphysema also destroys the elasticity of the airways that lead to the air sacs. As a result, the air sacs collapse trapping oxygen in the lungs. Sufferers of emphysema constantly struggle to breathe. Thankfully, organizations like the Lung Institute offer treatment for emphysema in Pittsburgh.

Why 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.

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.

What is Cellular Therapy for Emphysema?

Cellular therapy harnesses the body’s natural healing capabilities to expedite the healing process. At the Lung Institute, the stem cell procedure is a three day outpatient treatment, where cells are extracted from a person’s blood, fat tissue or bone marrow. After the cells have been extracted, they are treated in a lab on site and then reintroduced into the body directly into the damaged tissue areas. Cells are how your body heals itself after getting a cut or bruise, however, sometimes this healing process can move more slowly than the disease progresses, like in the case of lung disease. By targeting many cells directly onto the damaged tissue, the body has the opportunity to heal itself more quickly. In most cases this results in stopping the progression of the disease or even improved lung function.

For those who are seeking treatment for emphysema in Pittsburgh, the Lung Institute might be the answer. If you or a loved one suffers from a lung disease like emphysema, contact one of our patient coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify.

* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.

Each patient is different. Results may vary.