Good-bye from Grand Cayman!

by Chris Centeno, MD /

Goodbye From Grand Cayman

Above is a compilation of sunsets from our back porch these past two weeks. Today marks my last day on “island time” at our licensed advanced stem cell site. It’s been a great clinic, seeing many complex patients who can benefit from stem cells that have been culture expanded and grown to higher numbers. I’ll be back in July and November, but it’s time to head back to reality and what looks like snow in Colorado!

In addition, don’t forget that a good number of Regenexx network physicians are beginning to avail themselves of this advanced stem cell site. In fact, Dr. James Leiber from Florida was seeing patients down here this past Saturday. Dr. Fenton from Vermont was recently down. Dr. Andy Blecher from LA comes down almost every month to treat his patients and has been down here more than any other network physician. Multiple physicians from the Stem Cell Arts crew in Washington, DC, also see patients here. Other physicians from around the network are in the process of getting their Cayman medical licenses as well.

So farewell from this beautiful island. As I write this, my wife is just soaking up her last bit of the beautiful weather on the back porch. The Caribbean breezes are gently wafting in with the sound of the ocean acting as nature’s Muzak. Now I get to brave the spring break insanity at the airport!

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

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4 thoughts on “Good-bye from Grand Cayman!

  1. Dianne

    Hi Dr. Centeno,
    I’m happy to hear more physicians are practicing Regenexx C. However a lot of us can’t afford those kind of treatments out of the country. I’m assuming they are a lot more expensive than US. I had both my knees with moderate and severe arthritis treated with Regenexx SD. My local orthopedic doctor told me my cartilage was like an 18 years old (in my 50s) several years ago. After patella tracking disorder I had a series of cortisone shots that destroyed my cartilage in 2 years. It has crippled me. I used to be an avid hiker. But after Regenexx my moderate arthritis is 100% pain free and severe arthritis is about 70% pain free. My orthopedic doctor was absolutely baffled. My question is I heard that the stem cells aren’t permanent. That they wear off and have to be redone every 3 years. Is this true? I am at the 1.5 year point. I spent a lot of money on this and would be very disappointed to hear this.
    Have a nice trip back to CO. I’m going fly fishing there this summer.
    Dianne

    1. Dianne

      Dr. Centeno, Thank you for your quick response. I have read the ProActive book but will look at it again. My severe arthritis only got to 70% improvement at 1.5 years. Oneday I was carrying logs in my yard with no pain. But the next day my knee pain was lot worse and lasted for about a month. Not sure why? It is slowly getting better. I started using Dr. Wallach’s Gluco Gel caps that has made a vast improvement. I highly recommend it. Dr. Fenton in VT suggested I get a 2nd round of stem cells in that knee. Is that recommended? How much more improvement will I get? Should I wait until the 4 year point? I still can’t hike pain free but am very grateful for the vast improvement. TYJ.

      1. Chris Centeno Post author

        Dianne, a repeat procedure, based on our registry data, usually gives about a 15% improvement over where you are, so only you can say if that’s worth the cost.

    2. Dianne

      Thanks for your reply. I have read the book and found it fascinating. Is it recomnended to repeat the procedure to get more than 70% improvement in my knee cartilage? If so how much more improvement will I get? When should I get it done (year 4?). I would love to hike again pain free. Thx.

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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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