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What are expanded stem cells?

David Lyons

Guest contributor

Jun 2, 2020

Louis A. Cona, MD

Medical Director of DVC Stem

Stem cell therapy clinic in Grand Cayman

Updated:

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A brief description of cell expansion and why it is legal to administer in the Cayman Islands.

What is stem cell expansion?

Stem cell therapy involves the implanting of stem cells into the body via IV or site injection. These stem cells can be autologous (originating from the patient's own tissue) or allogeneic (originating from an outside source, such as umbilical cord tissue), however the process is the same. What differs between these types is the amount of cells that can be extracted naturally.Samples taken from bone marrow or fat tissue can yield cell numbers in the 500,000 to 1 million range, while cord tissue can provide even higher numbers of stem cells. In the United States, it is currently considered legal to extract stem cells from sources such as these, and reintroduce them into the body as a form of treatment.

The issue becomes whether such low cell counts can have a significant impact on severe conditions, such as MS, Parkinson's, neurological damage, etc. These low-power treatments often have little impact on a patient's quality of life.

The answer to this problem is cell expansion. Cell expansion is the process of taking cells extracted from tissue, culturing them in the lab and encouraging them to reproduce. The reproduced cells are identical to the source cells, but this process allows the original few million to be grown out to over a billion cells. Treatments can then be crafted with cell numbers of 150-300 million per therapy.  This cell count provides the effectiveness necessary to see meaningful results in the body, especially in those with progressive conditions.Treatments using expanded cells are currently illegal in the US. The FDA currently does not allow cellular therapies using "manipulated" cells. The term "manipulated" refers to anything more than extracting cells from tissue samples and immediately introducing them back into the body. The process of expansion, although not changing the cells in any way besides number, is considered "manipulation". It is for this reason that many travel abroad to receive these treatments. While many cellular therapies are available in the US, few are legally able to provide effective treatment for those seeking relief.

DVC Stem, 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.  Learn more about how stem cells by submitting the form below.

"Dr. Cona is a leading edge stem cell treatment physician"

Matthew Murry - MS Patient

2 DAYS POST TREATMENT

"Is the video I posted from this morning! My speech is so easy for me now, got easier throughout the day! I can talk like a NYer (fast) for the first time in years! Praise God!"

- Matthew Murry

EXCITING IMPROVEMENTS

Only 3 days after treatment, Matthew is now able to touch his nose with his eyes closed as well as touch his thumb and pinky together. Both of which he was previously unable to do before treatment.

We are excited to see his continued progress. His story will be updated here so keep an eye out!

Matthew showing his progress with mobility

Matthew Murry - 3 days post treatment

"This is exciting stuff, god bless"

Matthew Murry - MS Patient

2 WEEKS POST TREATMENT

Matthew experiences sensation in the bottom of his feet after receiving a simple nerve test.

His left foot did not experience any sensation or move at all, but what happened to his right foot is extremely exciting!

50 DAYS POST TREATMENT

Matthew is now able to lift his leg unassisted. He was previously unable to do so.

Matthew is experiencing the benefits of stem cell therapy first hand. You can view his progress video here.


Matthew showing some amazing mobility improvements.

Matthew Murry - 50 days post treatment

"Amazing progress from one of our MS patients Matthew Murray"

Louis A. Cona, MD - DVC Stem

3 MONTHS POST TREATMENT

Matthew is able to stand up with the assistance of stability bars.

David Lyons

Multiple Sclerosis

Although David Lyons was able to successfully fight Multiple Sclerosis through a strict regimen of diet and exercise, he wanted to ensure he was doing everything he could to stay fit. Multiple Sclerosis can be managed with treatment, but there is currently no cure for the disease. For that reason, David came to DVC Stem years ago to use the regenerative and anti-inflammatory attributes of stem cells to aid in his fight for fitness.

The positive results he experienced enabled David to stay strong in the gym, now into his 60s, and that is why he continues to support our clinic to this day.

Are you a candidate?

Complete our online application form to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.

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About Our Medical DIrector

Louis A. Cona, MD

LOUIS A. CONA, MD

Dr. Cona has been performing stem cell therapy for over 10 years. He is 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. He is the Medical Director for DVC Stem a world-renowned stem cell therapy clinic located in Grand Cayman.

Are you a candidate?

Complete our online application form to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.

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