Blogging from the Caymans Again…

By Chris Centeno, MD /

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I’m here in Grand Cayman again at our licensed site, where we use advanced, culture-expanded stem cells. So today begins 11 days on Island Time! Having said that, sitting here in 2016, it’s amazing to think that when we first began using cultured stem cells in 2005/6, we were some of the first physicians on earth to use this advanced cell type in orthopedic patients.

Culture expanded means that the cells are grown out to bigger numbers. This means that we have more cells to use and can do some novel things. Take, for example, what we call “Stem Cell PRP.” Basically using high concentrations of the patient’s own stem cells in a platelet rich plasma carrier to allow many, many different areas to be treated. As an example, in some patients, we’re treating upwards of 5–10 different sites with precise placement of their cells with ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy imaging.

In addition, at this advanced cell-culture site, our licensee can also do other unique things, like selecting cells out of culture that have certain properties, like those that can survive the harsh environment of the discs in the low back. Physicians and patients alike take for granted that the lumbar discs in many patients are nasty places for cells to live, which is part of the reason the disc is a clinical problem in the first place. So normal cells injected into many discs don’t survive long.

We’ve also noted through the years that certain types of joint problems just do better with more cells. Take, for example, severe hip arthritis. This condition seems to respond better to the higher cell numbers we can muster here at this site. In addition, here in Grand Cayman, cells can be stored in cryopreservation for future use—a big plus for many patients. They can literally “keep cells in the bank”!

The upshot? I enjoy my time in Grand Cayman, three times a year now. It’s a beautiful island that is all by itself a world financial center. Having said that, it’s now also a home away from home. It also happens to be the place on earth where the world’s most-advanced orthopedics care happens!

(Yes, that’s a real picture off our back deck from last night!)

The Regenexx-C procedure is not approved by the US FDA and is only offered in countries via license where culture expanded autologous cells are permitted via local regulations. 

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14 thoughts on “Blogging from the Caymans Again…

  1. Christine Newton

    Awesome that you are doing this in one of my fav places to go and dive. Very interested in your work. Enjoy.

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Christine,

      Thanks! It’s an incredibly beautiful place, great for diving and so many other things, and a great place to get treated!

  2. Delilah Ruth Jones

    I read your blogs each day and will be returning to Grand Cayman August 21 to start my next phase of the treatment. I had the cells drawn June 28th with Dr. Bashir.
    The kindness I received and the jump start on my back with platelets, has given me the encouragement that I had not found from local doctors. (told when I can’t stand the pain anymore they would do surgery. NO THANKS)
    Now many of my friends and my husbands fellow board members, want to know more.
    I send that along to them with a happy heart.

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Delilah,

      Thankyou for your kind note, that’s wonderful to hear! I will pass that along to Dr. Bashir and the team. We look forward to seeing you again in Grand Cayman in August!

  3. Dr Kennedy

    Hello Dr Centeno, I am very excited to being set up for injections in Colorado. Hope to make a trip to Caymens in the future for more Regenexx ….super-charged Regenexx!

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Dr. Kennedy,

      Great news! We’re looking forward to seeing you!

  4. Rick Kingham

    Looking forward to meeting you next week for my BMA. After a 32 year career in the Houston Fire Department and a lifetime of all sorts of sports I’m pretty beat up. Hope you guys like a challenge.

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Rick,
      We do! Looking forward to meeting you and getting started!

  5. Paul Prochaska

    I will continuing my Centeno-Schultz relationship I started in Broomfield, Co. in July 2012 with Dr Movva in Tulsa, I live in Wichita, Ks., after providing him with my new updated MRI I got a couple weeks ago ! I am excited to continue on the journey of my 11 year (into the 12th year) of multiple herniations/bulges/sciatica/stenosis/etc to the next phase of recovery and NO SURGERY ! It took me several years to get a new MRI done and now it has been done. I will work also to get a new copy via Andre Galaviz into my records in Broomfield as well. I am sure I will get good sound advice on the best way to proceed ( CAYMANS maybe ?). I always attend all webnairs I can to learn more about these processes. Wonderful Work Dr. Centeno ! I have been following C-S since 2007 and the advances are just amazing.

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Thanks Paul! Educated patients are empowered patients! Continuing your journey with Dr. Movva will be great, and we look forward to hearing from you with updates….

  6. Carol

    Just had my knee done a week ago. Very encouraged! Lots of friends and family waiting to see my results. Have talked to many past patients who all have had successful healing! I also appreciate all of the free downloads, videos, and research. I believe my husband may benefit the most from cultured stem cell therapy as he already has had 2 lower back surgeries. Do we start locally or start with Cayman Islands Clinic? Thanks.

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Carol,
      Great to hear! The best place to start would be to go through the Candidacy process through Regenexx Headquarters, the Centeno Schultz Clinic. It is that team of Doctors who do the procedures in Grand Cayman, and that process will reveal which procedure would be best in his case. http://www.regenexx.com

  7. Steve

    Have you had any success treating severe rotator cuff tears (fraying )??

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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
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