Far from a universal treatment option, cellular therapy is available to chronic lung disease patients whose condition meets specific medical criteria. This careful, methodical approach enables the Lung Health Institute to deliver best-in-class results to the patients we serve.
Joint Commission Accreditation
The Lung Health Institute received national accreditation and certification as a top health care organization providing safe, high-quality care to our patients.
About The Procedure
What is the Pulmonary Trap™ method?
The Pulmonary Trap™ method is key to the effectiveness of our Lung Restoration Treatment™. The “pulmonary first pass effect,” is when the body carries fluid that is administered through an IV directly to the heart and the lungs. Our Pulmonary Trap™ method works with the natural flow of the body to ensure that the platelet-rich plasma-platelet concentrate reaches the lungs quickly so it can start the process of helping to reduce inflammation.
Your body operates with a process called a “pulmonary first pass effect” — this is the natural process that the body uses to filter blood through the heart and lungs before sending it out to the rest of the body. Our Pulmonary Trap™ method takes advantage of this natural flow by using it to ensure that the inflammation-fighting concentrate that we administer into a patient’s body goes directly to the lungs and maximizes the effectiveness of our cellular therapy.
What is your medical evaluation screening process like?
At the Lung Health Institute, we screen each patient thoroughly, focusing on medical history and current condition to encourage only the best-possible treatment results.
Will your procedure cure my lung disease?
There is not yet a cure for lung disease. Cellular therapy is a natural treatment that aims to reduce the severity of symptoms. The Lung Health Institute is the first center in the world to provide this innovative treatment exclusively to patients with lung disease.
What if I’m not deemed a candidate for treatment?
The Lung Health Institute offers the Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²™) , which is designed to help people take charge of their health and increase lung function by reducing systemic inflammation through proven techniques and enhanced nutrition. AI²™ introduces the concept of “fat adaptation” in which the body uses fat as fuel to fight inflammation. Individuals are encouraged to consume nutrient-dense foods like nuts, seeds, meats and seafood that provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, phytochemicals and fiber. Participants also incorporate activities tailored specifically for lung disease patients, inclusive to stretches and deep breathing.
How long does the treatment take?
Cellular therapy is performed in a clinical outpatient setting over the course of two days. After the Lung Health Institute’s medical staff have determined that a patient is a candidate for treatment, he or she will be asked to fill out the required paperwork. A pulmonary function test will be performed, and the patient will go through a preparation process. Following the insertion of an IV, the blood cells are harvested, processed and separated and then immediately returned to the patient’s body intravenously to promote healing. This process is also repeated on day two of the patient’s treatment program. This minimally invasive procedure has proven to be a viable option for many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At the end of day two, the overseeing physician will do a thorough evaluation of the patient’s treatment and prep him or her for follow-up care.
Will I need to continue more treatments after my first one?
For patients who have been diagnosed with severe lung diseases, we offer the Lung Maintenance Treatments™ to follow the initial Lung Restoration Treatment™. Your Lung Maintenance Treatment may help build upon your initial treatment success and maintain your progress while slowing the progression of your condition.
Can I have this treatment with active cancer?
Our treatment is safe to administer to patients with a history of cancer as long as their prescribed treatment or surgery was completed and follow-ups have continued for one year after diagnosis. If you have active cancer, you would have to wait until you are confirmed to be cancer-free by your physician for one year.
Is cellular therapy painful?
Our outpatient, minimally invasive therapy may feel similar to the discomfort of a standard blood draw.
Can I travel after the treatment?
Our outpatient, minimally invasive therapy requires no downtime or post-therapy restrictions.
How do I know if I am a candidate?
By asking you a few questions, our patient coordinators can determine your candidacy. We then collect your medical records to verify that this treatment is a good option for you. Once you arrive at the clinic, our medical staff does a final evaluation to clear you for treatment.
Do I have to quit smoking before I have this treatment?
You have to be smoke-free for at least 30 days prior to receiving cellular therapy. Once you quit smoking your body starts to create the optimal environment to repair the damage caused by these diseases.
Still have questions?
Please contact a patient coordinator today to learn more and get the facts.
Believe it or not, most doctors have just about as much knowledge on cellular therapy research as the average person. Chances are, they are busy with their practice and unless they are actively reviewing cellular therapy journals, they may not be too familiar with the advancements in regenerative medicine.
Regenerative medicine is still a growing field, and not every medical school is up to date with regenerative medicine technology. To ensure our patients are receiving the best and latest treatment, our doctors are required to receive additional training for regenerative medicine for lung diseases.
Is cellular therapy safe?
Patient safety and care is our number one priority. Under current FDA guidelines and regulations 10 and 1271.15, the Lung Health Institute complies with all necessary requirements for operation. Regenerative medicine is a growing field, and we continue to expect new regulations from the FDA. When the new regulations are passed, we are fully prepared to comply with any regulation changes.
Do you have any published journals?
Published in Journal of Stem Cell Research: Regenerative Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a Retrospective Study of Benefits and Safety
We have performed more than 8,000 procedures, helping over 5900 patients since 2013.
Does cellular therapy work for lung disease?
No medical procedure is guaranteed, and we set realistic expectations for our patients. Our recent study found that 91.6% of patients report a positive outcome. We are constantly striving to increase that number. Consistently producing positive outcomes is paramount to our success.
Is there a risk of rejection by the body when using autologous cells?
There is an extremely low risk of rejection of the autologous cells because they come from the patient’s own body. In fact, the risk of rejection of these cells is almost nonexistent.
Do you participate in clinical trials?
Due to additional regulations required in the state of Texas, our clinic and protocols are reviewed and accredited by a third-party, independent Institutional Review Board, Chesapeake IRB (Formerly MaGil IRB), that is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), which means our organization follows rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research and treatments in Dallas are a true study. Our results are publicly available on here. Our procedures and protocols are consistent across all clinics.
What is the cost of your treatment?
The cost of cellular therapy varies depending on which treatment option you decide to pursue.
Do you accept insurance?
We understand the confusion between success and coverage. Unfortunately, it can take many years for insurance companies to cover newer treatment options. Each new application of a drug or treatment discovered begins its own multi-year, unique development process.
Where is LHI located?
The Lung Health Institute has five clinic locations around the United States. This means we can better serve our patients whether they live on the East Coast, West Coast or anywhere in between. Our patients travel across the country to the Lung Health Institute for our specialized treatment for chronic lung diseases. We understand that sometimes traveling can be stressful. That is why we offer travel assistance services to give you peace of mind during your visit.
We are located in Tampa, Florida | Nashville, Tennessee | Scottsdale, Arizona | Dallas, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
What kind of background do your doctors have?
The doctors and medical staff at the Lung Health Institute are highly trained in the field of regenerative medicine and are complemented by board-certified nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants. The entire medical staff provides integrated treatments to ensure the best outcomes for each patient while delivering unparalleled service, which strengthens relations between patient, family and doctor.
Our fellowship program ensures that all physicians are fully trained to consistently practice all procedures and protocols. Prior to working with patients, each physician studies in-depth curriculum, and must meet all Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements.
What is the Joint Commission Accreditation?
The Lung Health Institute has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with TJC’s nationally recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Formerly known as JCAHO, The Joint Commission (TJC) is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.
Why did you change your name to the Lung Health Institute?
We are now the Lung Health Institute and remain the only provider of its kind with a sole focus on lung health. Our new name reflects our holistic approach to meeting the evolving needs of our patients.
Still have questions?
Please contact a patient coordinator today to learn more and get the facts.