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What is regenerative medicine?

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 detailed description of regenerative medicine, what it encompasses and how the term came to be associated with stem cell therapy.

Regenerative Medicine is the branch of molecular biology which deals with the process of replacing or regenerating human cells and tissues to restore normal function. Simply put, it is a field of medicine involved in helping the body to repair itself. In contrast, traditional medicine seeks to heal or treat conditions with drugs and surgery. Regenerative medicine is still in its early years, however, advances made to date have provided many effective options for those seeking treatment.

What is Regenerative Medicine?

The term “Regenerative Medicine” was first used in a 1992 article on hospital administration by Leland Kaiser, however, it has evolved throughout the years to encompass a variety of practices. In general, it involves the use of stem cells, or “blank” cells, to promote healing in the body, repair damaged tissue, and even grow new organs. Due to the versatility of stem cells, researchers around the world are conducting studies and trials every day on their use to treat a number of degenerative diseases, autoimmune conditions, musculoskeletal injuries, and major body system failures. Regenerative medicine can provide healthy patients with the tools to maintain an active lifestyle, as well as provide a new liver to someone with severe cirrhosis. In order to understand how this is possible, you must first understand stem cells.

Stem Cells

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are primal or “undifferentiated” cells. They are essentially “blank” and have the ability to become almost any other type of cell. This allows them to be directed to grow into new tissue or simply transplanted into the body for treatment. In the body, their function is to find damaged or diseased tissue and repair or replace it. We all have a supply of stem cells when we’re born, but it decreases with time, and their effectiveness diminishes with age. A stem cell transplant seeks to boost the body’s number of stem cells by the hundreds of millions. Through the use of donated cord tissue-derived stem cells, the cells used in treatment are “brand new”, with the highest potency and healing potential. It is in this state that physicians can decide how best to treat a patient.

When used to treat autoimmune or degenerative conditions, such as MS, stem cells have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, they have been shown to protect, heal, and even regenerate neurons in the body, preventing cell death. The result is a decrease in symptom effect, as the stem cells regulate neural functions down to normal levels. Patients have reported a decrease in muscle/joint pain, sensitivity, and other inflammation-related symptoms. Trials have shown patients regaining mobility and flexibility, as well as a decrease in nerve pain. The results can last for years at a time without the need for another transplant of cells. This treatment seeks primarily to increase the quality of life for patients by reducing the associated symptoms down to manageable levels and is largely seen as the best natural alternative to drug-based treatment plans.

What is in store for the future?

Although there are many treatments available right now, the field of regenerative medicine has still yet to reach the mainstream. Data is still being collected every day, and therefore not everyone is willing to make the shift away from traditional medicine. Due to this fact, the regulatory environment is not friendly to the field, with many laws not allowing various forms of treatment, and insurance companies offering little to no coverage. However, this too is improving little by little, with many countries adopting the medical field and better regulations put in place to ensure regenerative medicine practices are safe for patients.

"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.

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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.

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