Spinal Cord Injury

Unparalleled approach to treatment

Can stem cells treat spinal cord injuries?

One of the most exciting areas in developing treatments has been with traumatic spinal cord injury. These devastating injuries are some of the most common reasons for severe neurological damage and recovery rates are very low. Stem cell therapies appear to offer patients new options with increasingly positive outcomes. The high quantity of 300 million cells not only covers daily losses that have been occurring progressively for years but replaces the cellular losses a thousand times over. After a short rest period, the therapy is followed by a prescribed physical therapy regimen tailored to the patient’s conditions. DVC Stem offers a full solution to orthopedic needs. Patients can receive custom cellular therapies for their individual conditions, and work directly with our renowned onsite chiropractors and physiotherapists to ensure the best results from their treatment from start to finish.

How do stem cells help you recover?

Stem cells are useful in tissue repair where the body falls short. More specifically, articular cartilage (elbows, knees, etc.) can become worn or damaged over time. These tissues have a poor potential for repair by the body and show a limited lifespan. Stem cells, able to take the form of whatever cell type is required, has been used to effectively grow new articular tissue within joints through spot application treatments. This replaces the need for painful and invasive joint replacement surgeries, with the added benefit of drastically reduced recovery times.

These results are similar with bone, tendon, and ligament conditions. Stem cells can treat lost or damaged tissue without the need for invasive transplant surgeries. The implanted cells take the form of damaged or lost tissue, growing and replacing these troubled areas with fresh tissue.

TREATMENT DETAILS

Learn more about our protocol.

About

Our IRB-approved protocol consists of a two-day period including the IV transplant of 300 million cord tissue-derived MSCs (Mesenchymal Stem Cells), as well as a variety of therapies designed to aid in stem cell activation and potency (musculoskeletal rehabilitation, acupuncture, lymphatic massage).

Our protocol is minimally invasive to the patient and has very little downtime. Patients normally travel home the day following their scheduled appointment.

Treatment goals

The therapeutic uses of stem cells as a potential therapy for a variety of diseases has been immensely explored, the number of clinical trials conducted with Mesenchymal Stem Cells has increased exponentially over the past few years.

The stated primary goal of our protocol is the marked reduction in the levels of chronic low-grade inflammation for an extended period of time.

Stem cells have a unique, intrinsic property that attracts them to inflammation in the body. Studies have shown that stem cells can regenerate damaged or diseased tissues, reduce inflammation and modulate the immune system promoting better health and quality of life.

Depending on the primary ailment or initial  condition of the patient, the effects of stem cell therapy can lead to a reduction in harmful symptoms, stabalization of condition and a significant quality of life improvement.

What our protocol includes:

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300 Million Mesenchymal Stem Cells

300 million cord tissue-derived mesenchymal (live) stem cells. Delivered systemically via intravenous injection (IV).

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IV Vitamin Therapy

To ensure the body is hydrated and fully prepared for treatment.

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Detox Regime

We will guide you through the pre-treatment detox regime in order to prepare your body for optimal stem cell activation.

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Stem Cell Activation Therapies

A musculoskeletal assessment, followed by acupuncture & physiotherapy. Lymphatic drainage massage is also utilized.

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Cell Activation Supplements

A 2 month supply of Stemulife™ supplements. An all natural supplement aimed at increasing stem cell effectiveness following treatment.

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Minimally Invasive Treatment

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Improve Bodies Natural Healing Ability

Patient satisfaction

Patients Report Significant Improvement

Timely, Safe, Regulated Protocol

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OUR STEM CELL PRODUCT

Learn more about our stem cells.

Type of stem cells administered

Our protocol involves the systemic administration of 300 million Mesenchymal Stem Cells derived from American Association of Tissue Bank (AATB) certified suppliers of full term (>36 weeks), donated human umbilical cords.

Our partner lab

DVC Stem is partnered with Vitro Biopharma, an award-winning medical laboratory located in Golden, Colorado, which is fully FDA registered, cGMP compliant, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 certified. All of our cells are expanded using safe and standard protocols and are then flown overnight in sub-zero CryoPort™ containers directly to our clinic for treatment. To ensure maximum treatment effectiveness, all of our cells are ISCT tested for viability prior to use. To ensure maximum treatment effectiveness, our mesenchymal stem cells are expanded to 300 million viable units before being administered.

Regulation & donor screening

Our partner lab Vitro Biopharma only uses American Association of Tissue Bank (AATB) certified suppliers of full term (>36 weeks), donated human umbilical cords. The selection of these donated tissues is extremely regulated and strict. The cords are tested for STDs, Hep A/B/C/D, TB, Zika virus, no history of cancer or chronic illness, no history of autoimmune diseases, no tattoos or piercings, no travel abroad with one year, no history of CJD, negative for HIV, negative for HTLV 1 AND 2, and no history of drug or alcohol abuse. After the tissue is vigorously screened and accepted, Vitro Biopharma then uses their clinical-grade and award-winning proprietary culture medium to expand the stem cells out to roughly 300 million cells per treatment. Vitro Biopharma ensures full compliance with both domestic and international regulations.

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Viability

All of our cells are tested to International Society Cell & Gene Therapy (ISCT) standards for viability to ensure they meet minimum QA requirements multiple times before treatment. These reports can be provided to the patient for their review upon request.

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Quality Control

Cells are rigorously tested for potency, blood-borne pathogens, contaminating agents, fungal presence, cellular ATP levels, and proper growth rates. The entire production process is completed in a certified sterile clean room, which must meet all regulations by the FDA, ISO, and CLIA.

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Safety

Cord-tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells do not face immune rejection within the body. These are primal, immune-privileged, undifferentiated cells. There are no blood products associated with them either, removing the need for a donor match; they are accepted universally.

Why use cord tissue derived stem cells?

Umbilical cord tissue is a natural bi-product of child birth, but also rich in mesenchymal stem cells which can be used to help heal, regenerate, and treat a variety of conditions.

Cord-tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells do not face immune rejection within the body. They are youthful, immuno-privileged, undifferentiated cells that have yet to be “claimed.” There are also no blood products associated with them, removing the need for HLA matching; cord tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells are universally accepted.

Recent studies have shown that although stem cells can be found in every living person, their numbers and potency can diminish with age. Additionally, cells sourced from the tissues of those patients with autoimmune/degenerative conditions may contain components of those disorders, detracting from the effectiveness of their use in treatments. Cord tissue derived stem cells bypass both of these issues, while remaining minimally invasive to the patient, and always available for immediate use.

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Learn more about our partner lab Vitro Biopharma here

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TREATMENT SCHEDULE

Learn more about our treatment.

2-day non-invasive treatment

Our treatment consists over a two-day period which includes the systemic intravenous (IV) transplant of 300 Million cord tissue-derived MSCs, as well as a variety of therapies designed to aid stem cell activation. The procedure is minimally invasive (single IV transfusion) and has very little downtime. Most patients are able to travel the day after treatment. Day one and four are included to account for travel days, the minimum amount of time spent in Grand Cayman should be no less than 4 days.

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Arrival in Grand Cayman.

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Meet the team, complete physical assessments & supporting therapies.

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Stem cell infusion & additional activation therapies.

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Follow-up physical & departure.

The stem cell infusion

The stem cell infusion will include the intravenous (IV) transplant of 300 million cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These cells are only administered by our Medical Director, over the course of a few hours to ensure proper circulation and maximum control over the procedure. The infusion occurs at our facility in our VIP treatment room, with a private adjacent space for resting and recuperation post-treatment.

Additional stem cell activation therapies

Our protocol utlizes additional therapies prior to and post-treatment to help activate natural stem cell production within the body. We aim to position the patient into an optimal state to receive the influx of new stem cells.

The supporting therapies that are included in our protocol are:

• Musculoskeletal Assessment
• Physiotherapy Treatment
• Immune Balancing Acupuncture
• Lymphatic Drainage Massage
• IV Vitamin Therapy

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LOUIS A. CONA, MD

Meet our Medical Director.

Treatment performing physician

Our Medical Director, Dr. Cona is the treatment performing physician here at DVC Stem. We make sure to schedule no more that 2 patients per day so every patient has our full undivided attention during the treatment process.

Medical accreditation

Dr. Cona has been a pioneer in regenerative cell therapy, providing the first stem cell treatments in the Cayman Islands over a decade ago.

He continues to research alternative therapies for various medical conditions, and with IRB certified clinical trials, he has treated local and international patients successfully for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation which is part of the overall Aging Process, as well as many other degenerative conditions.​

Dr. Cona is certified by the American Academy of Aesthetic Practitioners and is also a member of the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (WAAAM). He is also a recognized member of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council (UK), the Caribbean College of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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OUR CLINIC

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About

DVC Stem is located in Grand Cayman, a small island paradise in the Caribbean. As a British Overseas Territory, healthcare regulations are extremely strict, on par with the US, UK, and EU. Additionally, our entire medical staff is fully registered and licensed, and our stem cell protocols are IRB reviewed and approved by a board in the United States. The Cayman Islands is a safe, English-speaking British Overseas Territory and hosts over 2 million tourists a year.

There are many direct flights to Grand Cayman from major cities in the United States, Canada and Europe. DVC Stem is located within the Da Vinci Centre a large modern medical facility directly on Seven Mile Beach.

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Clinic Highlights

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Highly Regulated

As a British Overseas Territory, healthcare regulations are extremely strict, on par with the US, UK, and EU.

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US Sourced Stem Cells

DVC Stem is partnered with Vitro Biopharma, an award-winning medical laboratory located in Golden, Colorado, which is fully FDA registered, cGMP compliant, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 certified.

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Experienced Medical Staff

Every patient is under constant supervision by our Medical Director and two registered nurses.

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Dedicated Patient Success Team

Our patient management team will happily guide you through the onboarding process.

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Beautiful Location

Our clinic is located directly on the world famous Seven Mile Beach, one block away from the Ritz Carlton Resort.

UNDERSTANDING TREATMENT GOALS

Measuring treatment results.

"We measure inflammation markers and telomere length both pre and post treatment. We also follow up with patients at 3, 6, 9 and 12 month mark intervals with vitality questionnaires. These are extremely important because they enable us to measure patient satisfaction in relation to treatment efficacy."

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Treatment results

We only offer treatments for conditions that have medical research backing positive results and no harmful side effects. Dozens of studies have shown the efficacy of stem cell therapies for various degenerative diseases, and we have had great success from our past patients. Patients normally experience an increase in mobility, sensation, balance, strength, & energy along with a reduction in stress and pain levels.

However, it is impossible to guarantee any specific result for an individual, as every person’s body is unique and will respond in different ways.

Our re-treatment protocol

Our official treatment protocol does not require that patients repeat treatment. Our goal is to help manage symptoms and slow progression, so that our patients won't have to return. To date, we have had no patient reports of a worsening of their condition within 1 year of treatment.

Approximately 82% of first-time patients report a significant improvement in their condition within the first 6 months following their treatment date.

Frequently asked questions

What type of stem cells does DVC Stem use?

We administer over 300 million cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells. DVC Stem is partnered with Vitro Biopharma, an award-winning medical laboratory located in Golden, Colorado, USA, which is fully FDA registered, cGMP compliant, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 certified. Cells are only sourced from the American Association of Tissue Bank (AATB) certified suppliers of full-term, ethically US donated human umbilical cords. The selection of these donated tissues is extremely regulated and strict. All of our cells are expanded using safe and standard protocols and are then flown overnight in sub-zero containers directly to our clinic for immediate treatment. To ensure maximum treatment effectiveness, our cells are expanded to as much as 300 million cells before being administered.

What are mesenchymal stem cells?

Stem cells are cells that have the ability to become many different cell types in the human body.  Stem cells have the ability to replace damaged or diseased tissue. Mesenchymal cord tissue-derived stem cells have an extremely high rate of differentiation and immune modulation.  MSCs (Mesenchymal Stem Cells) can provide regenerative results through seeking out areas of damage, paracrine signalling, regulating immune responses, and positively affecting human microbiology. MSCs are also immune privileged meaning the body will not reject them.

Why should I travel abroad for treatment?

Despite the overwhelmingly positive clinical evidence, the United States still has very strict regulations and laws against stem cell treatments. While you may find many clinics in the US offering “stem cell therapies”, these therapies are highly restricted in scope and number of cells used. It is currently not legal to obtain expanded allogeneic treatment inside the US. The expansion is what allows the high cell numbers needed for effective treatment. DVC Stem seeks to provide patients with safe and effective treatments, in a luxurious and beautiful setting.

DVC Stem is located in the beautiful island paradise of Grand Cayman. We are only a short 45 minute flight from Miami & our clinic is situated directly across from the world famous Seven Mile Beach.

What makes DVC Stem different from other clinics?

It is important to note that DVC Stem sources cells from a FDA registered, cGMP compliant, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 certified lab in the United States. This means that the patient receives only the highest quality, regulated mesenchymal cord tissue-derived stem cells. We are highly regulated by the Cayman Islands government, and legally able to provide expanded cell therapy.

When looking for a reputable stem cell therapy clinic it is important to ask them; where their cells come from, how many cells you will receive and what sort of treatment protocol they follow. It is important to note that under-regulated clinics can extract stem cells from a variety of sources, not all of which are safe & effective.

What type of results should I expect?

We only offer treatments for conditions that have years of medical research backing positive results with harmful side effects. Dozens of studies have shown the efficacy of stem cell therapies for various degenerative diseases, and we have had great success from our past patients.

Our stem cell therapy aims to regenerate degraded tissue, modulate the immune system, promote anti-inflammatory mechanisms and improve overall quality of life.

Patients have reported improvements in energy levels, mobility, strength, balance, symptom management and aesthetics.

How do I begin the treatment process?

We require all prospective patients to fill out our patient application form. This will allow our medical director to better understand your candidacy for treatment as well as what you hope to achieve with stem cell therapy. Once this has been completed you will receive an email with further instructions. If you are ready to begin the process you can apply for treatment here.