Lung Institute Instrumental in Allowing Robert Ware to Get His Life Back

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Innovative Stem Cell Therapy Treats COPD

Robert Ware is back to doing the things he loves following treatment at the Lung Institute.

Located in Tampa, FL, Lung Institute was instrumental in allowing Robert Ware get his life back. Three months ago, Robert decided to take his health into his own hands and move ahead with stem cell treatment. Hundreds of people with lung disease have been treated with the company’s innovative use of stem cells from the patient’s own body.

“Stem cell therapy is a viable option for many people with lung disease,” said Dr. Burton Feinerman, Medical Director of the Lung Institute. “Our patients are breathing easier, walking further, and depending less on supplemental oxygen.”

For Robert, 71, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was taking over his life. Over the past decade, this progressive lung disease diminished his quality of life and forced him away from the activities he used to love. Robert was unable to be outdoors, attend live music shows in the town squares and work on his yard and landscaping. A few months ago, Robert had a health scare that he thought was a heart attack. He was actually experiencing lung spasms and not receiving enough oxygen, often referred to as a COPD exacerbation.

COPD is not only the third leading cause of death in the United States, but is responsible for severely limiting sufferers’ quality of life. People with COPD often can’t even walk to their mailbox without debilitating shortness of breath. For people without COPD, it is akin to breathing through a small straw while carrying out normal activities.

In Robert’s case, his exacerbation caused him to look for alternatives to the traditional medications he had been taking. Robert and his wife decided stem cell therapy at the Lung Institute was the best option for him. Robert received autologous stem cell therapy, meaning stem cells from his own body were used to help cue natural healing processes for damaged lung tissue. After the minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, Robert returned home and was able to regain a substantial amount of his quality of life.

“Before treatment, I was pretty much on oxygen all the time,” said Robert. “I couldn’t do much without my oxygen. Today, I’m doing just about anything I want to do.”

Now, Robert no longer needs to pay someone to take care of his lawn. Robert is able to be outdoors, mow the grass, work around the house and go out with friends.

“People are just amazed how well I’m doing. I’m probably 75% to what I was originally, 10 years ago,” added Robert. “I started getting better fast and my friends couldn’t believe it. They were shocked. It was kind of fun—feeling good, rather than being sick.”

About Lung Institute
At Lung Institute (LI), we are changing the lives of hundreds of people across the nation through the innovative technology of regenerative medicine. We are committed to providing patients a more effective way to address pulmonary conditions and improve quality of life. Our physicians, through their designated practices, have gained worldwide recognition for the successful application of revolutionary minimally invasive stem cell therapies. With over a century of combined medical experience, our doctors have established a patient experience designed with the highest concern for patient safety and quality of care. For more information, visit our website at, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or call us today at 1-855-469-5864.

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