Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a very common lung disease. It is characterized by difficulty in breathing. There are two main types of COPD: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic bronchitis involves chronic cough and mucus production. Emphysema involves the destruction of the lung tissue over time. COPD typically involves a combination of both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The biggest risk factor for COPD is smoking. COPD treatment is similar to asthma with bronchodilators and steroids being commonly used. Some patients require supplemental oxygen.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and OC Regenerative Medicine
The anti-inflammatory and immuno-modulatory properties of adult stem cells to control the loss of elasticity and damage in the small airways of patients with COPD is an area of ongoing research. OC Regenerative Medicine is investigating the effects of SVF (rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors) on airway healing. Our protocol includes a combination of intravenous and nebulized SVF delivery. The protocol is performed at our outpatient facility under local anesthesia. The entire cellular surgical procedure takes approximately 3 hours.