Pulmonary Conditions

Lung disease and chronic lung conditions are some of the most common medical problems, affecting tens of millions of people in the US and worldwide. When you breathe, your lungs take in oxygen from the air and deliver it to the bloodstream. The cells in your body need oxygen to work and grow. People with lung disease such as COPD, emphysema, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and chronic bronchitis have difficulty breathing. Smoking, infections and genetics are responsible for most lung diseases.

Stem cell therapy offers a novel approach using regenerative cells from your body fat to repair the damaged tissue in your lungs while reducing inflammation and restoring oxygen-right blood to these vital organs.

What can stem cell therapy do for lung problems?

Your own healing cells can target the slow degenerative progression of COPD and other lung problems, restore blood flow, address system-wide inflammation and stimulate the repair and replacement of damaged lung tissue. The combination of these factors may lead to a number of improvements in quality of life, including:

  • Improved functional capacity
  • Better breathing
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Reduction of chronic bronchial infections

For an overview of how our stem cell therapy can help with pulmonary disorders, watch our video below.


For a more detailed understanding of what you can expect, watch our video series with Gretchen Dezelick, RN and Director of Clinical Operations.

The Procedure

Stem cell treatment at Okyanos is a minimally invasive, same-day outpatient procedure. Though recovery can and does vary from patient to patient, our protocols are designed and carried out with the goal of keeping “downtime” to a minimum. A general overview of the procedure is as follows:

  1. First, water-assisted fat harvesting is done to obtain a sufficient amount of adipose (fat) tissue.
  2. The unique blend of stem and regenerative cells which exist in the adipose tissue are then isolated and prepared for delivery using a proprietary closed/sterile, fully automated CGMP cell processing system. In about 65 minutes, the highly potent SVF is ready for direct injections and IV infusions.
  3. The SVF/stem cells are administered intravenously (IV) to address the systemic factors relating to pulmonary disease.

The Best Care & Safety

Treatment timeframes are usually three days and may vary slightly depending on the personalized plan:

  1. Day 1: Pre-operative session includes an office visit with the medical staff for a final detailed review of the patient’s treatment plan and answer any questions from the patient and family members.
  2. Day 2: The patient undergoes treatment and briefly rests in our comfortable facility before being escorted back to their hotel for the evening.
  3. Day 3: Post-operative session involves a brief physical at Okyanos and a discharge plan discussion. The physician reviews the post treatment recommendations, the follow up communication plan and clears the patient to go home.

For a detailed understanding of stem cell safety at Okyanos, watch our video below.