COPD, Lung Fibrosis and Other Lung Disease Research Options

in Ocean Springs

What Is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the most prevalent lung disease around the world at present, and the Gulf Coast Stem Cell & RMC in Ocean Springs employs research protocols using SVF/stem cell to hopefully help improve the outlook for this debilitating disease.  COPD comes in two basic varieties: chronic bronchitis and the emphysema. Chronic bronchitis involves a buildup and increase production of mucus coupled with inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Emphysema, on the other hand, affects the tiny air sacs and feeding end bronchioles that make up the lungs, forcing them to merge by disappearance of the separating walls, resulting in bigger air sacs with less surface area and less ability to exchange gasses. Both groups result in shortness of breath and there are mixed types in between with features of both. An advanced form of emphysema results in huge air spaces called blebs, which may coalice to form bullae. A huge bulla may occupy an entire lobe or even lung space. Generally these conditions result from smoking and can coexist with other conditions. Standard treatments include the use of supplemental oxygen (through a nasal cannula or mask), bronchodilator inhalers, and even steroids and occasional antibiotics for superadded infections.

SVF is rich in growth factors and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which have been shown to be have immuno-modulatory and anti-inflammatory properties. At the Gulf Coast Stem Cell & RMC, we are investigating the effects of SVF on airway function, recovery and healing. Our investigational protocol uses a combination of inhalational and intravenous SVF deliveries, after filtration through a 100µ filter to eliminate any possibility of embolization. Our procedures are all done on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia; and including the time of SVF harvest and procurement, the entire cellular surgical procedure takes about 3 hours.

Your Next Step

We at the Gulf Coast Stem Cell & RMC we do care about all our patients, including those with COPD. That is why we take the time to answer questions and evaluate which modalities would best fit each individual patient. Our evaluation includes a 6-minute walk, O2 saturations at rest and during exercise, a pulmonary function test and an ECG. When you fill out the GCSC&RMC Confidential Candidate Application, we will respond to any questions and concerns you may have. For patients with lung disease, management offered by the GCSC&RMC may seem surprisingly straightforward.