Stem cell procedures at Okyanos Center for Regenerative Medicine are performed in our state-of-the-art surgery center and cardiac cath lab. We use the patients’ own adult stem cells, derived from their adipose tissue (fat) for treatment.
Patients undergo a gentle liposuction procedure. The resulting lipoaspirate is put into the Tissue Genesis Icellator® - a closed, sterile, single-use, automated, CGMP cell processing system - with an enzyme to isolate the Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF).
SVF is a rich mix of stem cells consisting of mesenchymal stem cells, endothelial progenitor cells, and endothelial cells. With enzyme-derived SVF, the purity, potency and sterility of the stem cells allow us to utilize the stem cells in the following ways:
Direct injection into the joints, muscles or tissue.
IV infusion for reducing inflammation and overall well-being.
Direct injection plus IV infusion
Patients are generally on Grand Bahama island for three days total: day 1 for pre-op appointments; day 2 for procedures; and day 3 for post-op appointments. Cardiac patients should plan for four days to allow for an additional day of recovery time. Though recovery can and does vary from patient to patient, Okyanos’ cell therapy protocols are designed to be minimally-invasive and carried out with the goal of keeping “downtime” to a minimum. Some patients choose to extend their time to rest for an extra day before traveling home.
To undergo a stem cell procedure, you should:
- Have the ability to travel comfortably to The Bahamas
- Have the ability to lay flat for the procedure
- Have sufficient BMI for fat harvesting
- Provide medical records indicating the ability to safely undergo fat harvesting (a minor liposuction procedure)
All patient treatment protocols are decided on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the treating physician. Below is a brief list of conditions and potential stem cell treatments:
Autoimmune disorders: Treated with IV infusion of SVF
Chronic Wounds: Treated with IV infusion and direct injection of SVF
Neurologic Conditions: Treated with infusion of Mannitol, followed by IV infusion of SVF
Orthopedic Conditions: Treated with direct injection of SVF plus IV infusion of SVF
- Sports Injuries
- Knee Pain and Injuries
- Hip Pain and Conditions
- Chronic Back and Neck Pain
Urologic Conditions: Treated with direct injection of SVF
Okyanos does not treat cancer or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
For more information about treatment at Okyanos, visit our What to Expect page.
Dr. Matthew Goodwin talks about the Liposuction procedure in the video below.