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COPD Stem Cell Therapy

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or commonly referred as COPD, is comprised typically of three related conditions: Chronic Bronchitis, Chronic Asthma and Emphysema. In each condition there is chronic obstruction of the flow of air through the airways and out of the lungs, and the obstruction generally is permanent and may be progressive over time.

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Common COPD Stem Cell Therapy Questions


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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or commonly referred as COPD, is comprised typically of three related conditions:

  • Chronic Bronchitis

  • Chronic Asthma

  • Emphysema

In each condition there is chronic obstruction of the flow of air through the airways and out of the lungs, and the obstruction generally is permanent and may be progressive over time.

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What are the stages of COPD?

The 4 stages of COPD are :

  • Stage I (Mild)
    Your spirometry test shows mild limitation in airflow. It is likely you are unaware that your lung function is impaired, although you may have a chronic cough, with sputum production.
  • Stage II (Moderate)
    Your COPD signs and symptoms are becoming more obvious—you may notice that you are experiencing shortness of breath when you exert yourself, and a cough and sputum production are more likely than in Stage 1 COPD. Your growing awareness of your breathing problems may lead you to seek medical attention.
  • Stage III (Severe)
    You have severe COPD. Your airflow limitation will have become progressively worse. Your shortness of breath will increase, especially with even a small amount of exertion, and you will likely feel fatigued. Quality of life often diminishes during this stage.
  • Stage IV (Very Severe)
    Your airflow is severely compromised and you also may have chronic respiratory failure that may lead to heart problems, such as heart failure. Your quality of life is markedly impaired, and COPD exacerbations may be life- threatening.
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What are stem cells?

Stem cells are unprogrammed cells in the human body that can replicate themselves or differentiate into other types of cells like: nerve, skin, blood, muscle, bone, cartilage and other specialized types of cells. At the forefront of Cellular Therapies, in a new field of science called Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells have the potential to treat many conditions because of their ability to replace tissue or organs that have been damaged by disease, trauma, or congenital issues.

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How Do Stem Cells Work?

Stem cells are unspecialized cells that have the ability to become specialized cells. By following the inflammatory responses released by damaged or diseased tissues in the body, stem cells are activated to help repair and regenerate damaged cells such as nerve, skin, blood, muscle and many others.

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How Often Do We Use Our Stem Cells?

Our stem cells are utilized daily to regenerate and repair tissue that has been damaged due to age, disease or trauma.

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What Types Of Stem Cells Can We Harvest?

There are three sources of stem cells that can be harvested from a patient’s body. These sources include bone marrow, peripheral blood and adipose (fat) tissue.

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What is a stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is an intervention strategy that introduces new adult stem cells into damaged tissue in order to treat disease or injury. Many medical researchers studying Cellular Therapies in Regenerative Medicine believe that stem cell therapies have the potential to change the face of human disease and alleviate suffering. Studying the ability of stem cells to self-renew and differentiate offers significant potential for tissue generation that can potentially replace diseases and damaged areas in the body, with minimal risk of rejection and side effects.

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What Is An Adipose Adult Stem Cell Procedure?

The stem cells for an adipose adult stem cell procedure are harvested by extracting the patient's adipose tissue through a procedure called mini-liposuction. This is an outpatient procedure performed under local or twilight anesthesia. During the procedure, the fat cells are extracted from the patient’s body. The extracted fat cells are then transferred to Younique Therapies onsite lab where the processing of the stem cells occur. During the processing phase, the stem cells are isolated from the fat, activated using the patient’s own growth factors derived from their PRP (platelet rich plasma) and prepared for infusion. The final stem cell product is reintroduced back to the patient intravenously (IV) and in a combination of other modalities, all dependent on the patient's specific needs. It takes approximately four to five hours to complete the entire process, from extraction to infusion.

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What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Our blood contains platelets which contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that are very important in the healing of injuries. PRP is plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP speeds up the healing process.

We do everything in our power to make sure your visit is an enjoyable one and that you leave with exactly what you were expecting. Our mission is to provide patients with cutting-edge, result-oriented stem cell procedures while providing the highest level of customer service.

Dr. Mark M. Youssef, PSc.D
License Number/Date: L.32597229 4.19.2016
License Level: Doctor of Pastoral Science & Medicine

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