After his recent stem cell treatment at the Lung Institute, Al Corter can now complete his daily tasks on his horse farm much faster, and finally attend the Silver Spur Riding Club Open Horse Show the weekend of July 12th in Fonda, NY.
Twelve years ago, Al was exposed to toxic fumes in the workplace and subsequently diagnosed with interstitial lung disease and bronchiectasis, a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Living in upstate New York and running his horse farm, Al’s serious pulmonary conditions had a major effect on his life. Shortness of breath, coughing, reliance on supplemental oxygen and fatigue were taking a toll. Al needed a new solution.
Al decided to travel to Florida to undergo stem cell treatment at the Lung Institute facility in Tampa. He was seeking an alternative treatment to help with his symptoms. Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive process that involves extracting stem cells, and then reintroducing them to cue the body’s natural healing processes. The stem cells are taken from the patient’s own body, so there is no controversy or risk of rejection.
“Stem cell therapy is a viable option for many people with lung disease. Our patients are breathing easier, walking further and depending less on supplemental oxygen.” said Dr. Burton Feinerman, Medical Director of the Lung Institute.
Prior to stem cell therapy, Al was needing more and more supplemental oxygen. His quality of life had taken a sharp turn downward. Following adipose stem cell treatment, Al is feeling better. He is getting back to the routine at the farm. Al used to use 5 to 6 liters of continuous oxygen to get his outdoor farm work done. Now, he is able to do these daily chores faster, and uses only 4 to 5 liters of oxygen on a pulsing regulator.
“I’m getting everyday tasks done quicker. I’m using about half the amount of oxygen as I was before to do the same activities. My quality of life has definitely improved.” said Al.
The Lung Institute has treated hundreds of patients with lung disease from around the country and the world. Regardless of the stage of the disease, patients are able to undergo stem cell therapy, which helps damaged lung tissue, and can lessen their symptoms.