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What are stem cells?

Stem cells are cells that have not yet specialised in the body, meaning they have not grown into a particular type of cell with a specific function (e.g. muscle cell, skin cell, etc). A stem cell has the capacity to become many different cell types in the human body. There are a variety of different types of stem cells, each beneficial in their own way.

Are stem cells safe?

Yes, we have not had any patients report harmful effects from treatment or a worsening of their condition. Common short-term side effects immediately following the cell transplant have been fatigue, headache, and nausea. These effects normally subside between 1-2 hours.

Will my body reject stem cells?

Stem cells are cells that have not yet specialised in the body, meaning they have not grown into a particular type of cell with a specific function (e.g. muscle cell, skin cell, etc). A stem cell has the capacity to become many different cell types in the human body. There are a variety of different types of stem cells, each beneficial in their own way.

What type of cells does DVC Stem use?

At DVC Stem our protocol calls for the use of 300 million cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells.

What is cord tissue?

Cord tissue is the insulating material (Wharton’s jelly) surrounding the vessels of the umbilical cord. The cord tissue can contain millions of a different type of stem cell that goes on to form a person's nervous system, sensory organs, circulatory tissues, skin, bone, cartilage and more.

Why use cord tissue?

Cord tissue is rich in mesenchymal stem cells which can be used to help heal, regenerate & treat a variety of conditions. MSCs have shown the ability to avoid a negative response from a person’s immune system, allowing the cells to be transplanted in a wide range of people without fear of rejection. These transplants vastly increase the body’s natural healing abilities and have a strong anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive response.

Does cord tissue contain live cells?

Yes it does. The tissue found inside donated umbilical cords contain millions of youthful, undifferentiated stem cells. These cells are then added to a cell media culture, which allows them to replicate and produce greater numbers over a few generations. This is called cell expansion. This process can turn a few million stem cells into trillions, ready for use in treatments. Culturing and expansion of stem cells would not be possible if the cells extracted from the original cord tissue were not alive and active.  Additionally, the cells used for treatment are tested for viability both before leaving the lab and just prior to treatment to ensure proper quality assurance standards are met.

What treatments do you offer?

We currently offer the latest in Cord Tissue-Derived, Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy, which can be deployed systemically via IV, or injected locally to target specific sites, depending on patient needs. Our cells are only sourced from American Association of Tissue Bank (AATB) certified suppliers of full term, ethically US donated human umbilical cords. Our treatment protocols are independently IRB reviewed by a medical board in the US to ensure our practices are safe and within good standing in the medical community.

How long is the treatment proccess?

Our treatments consist over a two-day period including the IV transplant of 300 Million cord tissue-derived MSCs, as well as a variety of therapies designed to aid stem cell activation and potency including physiological assessment and pre-treatment cell activation therapies. The procedure is minimally invasive (single IV transfusion) and has very little downtime. You will be able to travel the day after treatment.

How do these treatments differ from those in the US?

Despite the 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, or simply send you outside the US for treatment. These clinics usually draw patients in and then refer them to places like Mexico or Panama, where regulations are much looser and the source of the cells used is unknown. This can be both an unpleasant and an unsafe choice. 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. It is because of these laws in the US that many have traveled abroad to receive the latest therapies, including many high-profile athletes and celebrities. It has created a booming medical tourism industry in the last decade. DVC Stem seeks to provide patients with safe and effective treatments, in a safe, luxurious, and beautiful setting.

Where do your stem cells come from?

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. 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. For more info on our partner lab, visit www.vitrobiopharma.com.

Why do you use cord tissue-derived stem cells?

DVC Stem uses cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells sourced from US-donated, full-term human umbilical cords. While other common sources of stem cells are fat tissue or bone marrow taken from the patient directly, there are many benefits to using cord tissue. Cord tissue-derived cells are essentially "new", in their most primal state, free from the effects of aging or disease. Stem cells age as we age and cells taken from a patient are affected by the condition of the patient at the time of extraction. There is even evidence to suggest that cells extracted from patients with existing medical conditions risk reintroducing these symptoms when used in treatments. Cord tissue-derived stem cells eliminate that risk. Additionally, they are readily available, in great supply, and are minimally invasive to the patient, without the need for any extractions, free from immune rejection, and have zero risks of transferring viruses or other communicable diseases.

Does umbilical cord tissue contain live stem cells?

Yes it does. The tissue found inside donated umbilical cords is called Wharton’s Jelly and contains millions of youthful, undifferentiated stem cells. These cells are then added to a cell media culture, which allows them to replicate and produce greater numbers over a few generations. This is called cell expansion. This process can turn a few million stem cells into trillions, ready for use in treatments. Culturing and expansion of stem cells would not be possible if the cells extracted from the original cord tissue were not alive and active.  Additionally, the cells used for treatment are tested for viability both before leaving the lab and just prior to treatment to ensure proper quality assurance standards are met.

Who performs the treatment?

Dr. Cona performs every treatment. We make sure to schedule no more that 2 patients per day so every patient has our full undivided attention during the treatment proccess.

How much does treatment cost?
Is stem cell therapy covered by insurance?

No, treatment costs are not commonly covered by standard insurance.

What lab do you get your cells from?

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. 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. For more info on our partner lab, visit www.vitrobiopharma.com.

How are cells transported?

All of our cells are expanded using safe and standard protocols and are then flown overnight in sub-zero cryogenic containers directly to our clinic for immediate treatment.

Are the cells viable (alive)?

Yes, to ensure maximum treatment effectiveness, all of our cells are tested for viability prior to treatment.

Where is DVC Stem located?

DVC Stem is located in Grand Cayman, a small island paradise in the Caribbean. The Cayman Islands is an 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 U.S. and Europe. DVC Stem is located within the Da Vinci Centre a large modern medical facility directly on Seven Mile Beach.

Is your facility licensed?

Yes, DVC Stem is based at the Da Vinci Centre and is fully licensed and inspected by the government of the Cayman Islands. 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.

What treatments do you offer?

We currently offer the latest in Cord Tissue-Derived, Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy, which can be deployed systemically via IV, or injected locally to target specific sites, depending on patient needs. Our cells are only sourced from American Association of Tissue Bank (AATB) certified suppliers of full term, ethically US donated human umbilical cords. Our treatment protocols are independently IRB reviewed by a medical board in the US to ensure our practices are safe and within good standing in the medical community.

Is your clinic located in a safe area?

Yes, we are located directly on Seven Mile Beach one of the safest areas in Grand Cayman.

Where is DVC Stem located?

DVC Stem is located in Grand Cayman, a small island paradise in the Caribbean. The Cayman Islands is an 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 U.S. and Europe.

Where is Grand Cayman?

The Cayman Islands, a dependency of the United Kingdom, are located in the Caribbean Sea about 160 kilometers south of Cuba and 290 kilometers northwest of Jamaica. This British Crown Colony consists of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman.

How do I get there?

There are more than 55 weekly flights into the Cayman Islands, including affordable direct flights from across the US and Europe.​ GCM (Owen Roberts International) is the local airport, located in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. We are only a short 45 minute flight from Miami.

How far is DVC Stem from the airport?

We are located directly on Seven Mile Beach, which is less than a 10 minute drive from the airport. Transportation between Seven Mile Beach and the airport is easy and affordable

Is Grand Cayman safe?

Yes, extremely. We are one of the safest islands in the Caribbean, if not one of safest in the world.

Can I use US Dollars in Grand Cayman?

Yes you can, almost every restaurant, hotel and shop accepts USD.

What is the official language?

Grand Caymans official language is English.

What sort of results can I expect from treatment?

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, feeling, 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 different and will respond in different ways.

How long have you been providing cell therapy?

Dr. Cona has been treating patients with regenerative medicine for over 10 years.

How do you measure 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 measure each individual patients subjective opinion on what treatment accomplished.

Will I have to come back for treatment?

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. We have not seen any patients who have reported a worsening of their symptoms within 1 year of treatment so far.

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Apply for treatment

Fill out our treatment application form. The form is designed to help us understand your treatment goals.

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Receive patient packet

If you are eligible for treatment, we will send a patient packet & assign you a personalised patient ID #.

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Your home physician will be able to help you acquire all of the necessary medical documents needed.

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Send completed packet back to us for review. We will confirm your appointment date and schedule your treatment.

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