Frequently Asked Questions2017-07-17T22:46:12+00:00
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below you will find the answers to many commonly asked questions regarding stem cell sources, collection, implantation and other general questions regarding stem cell therapy at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama.

If you do not find the answer to your questions here or elsewhere on our web site, please feel free to contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer them promptly!

How do I send medical records to the Stem Cell Institute in Panama?2020-12-14T16:53:51+00:00

If you wish to send medical records to us, do not send them to the address on this page. Special instructions are required to ensure that records arrive to our clinic in Panama. Please contact your International Patient Coordinator for more information.

How are the stem cells administered?2019-02-27T17:06:07+00:00

Stem Cell Implantation

At Stem Cell Institute, stem cells can be implanted four ways depending on each patient’s ailment and physical condition. Patients typically receive between 3 and 16 stem cell applications during the course of an entire treatment protocol.

Intravenous (IV)

The safest and simplest method for delivering the stem cell throughout the body. Anesthesia is not required. We may use Lidocaine topical spray to needle prick area beforehand.

IV administration usually takes about 20 – 30 minutes.

Intramuscular (IM)

The stem cells are injected directly into the muscle. Intramuscular implantation is very safe and does not require anesthesia.

Intra-articular (IA)

The stem cells are injected directly into the affected joint by a licensed physician. This method is commonly used for arthritis. Intra-articular implantation is quite safe and does not require anesthesia.

Intrathecal (lumbar puncture)

Intrathecal administration is ideal for neurological conditions because the stem cells are injected directly into the spinal fluid past the blood-brain barrier. This enables them to reach the spinal cord and brain.

During the lumbar puncture procedure, an experienced anesthesiologist injects the stem cells into the spinal canal through the lower vertebrae under local anesthesia. All lumbar puncture procedures are performed in a positive airflow room under sterile conditions. Once inside the spinal fluid, the stem cells are able to gain access to the spinal cord and into the brain.

Lumbar puncture usually takes about 30 minutes.

Are the umbilical cord tissue-derived stem cells used by the Stem Cell Institute approved by the US FDA?2017-07-27T18:46:50+00:00

Our stem cells are the only umbilical cord MSCs that have received an IND designation from the US FDA.

Human umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that were isolated and grown in our laboratory in Panama to create master cell banks are currently being used in the United States.

These cells serve as the starting material for cellular products used in MSC clinical trials for two Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy patients under US FDA’s designation of Investigational New Drug (IND) for single patient compassionate use. (IND 16026 DMD Single Patient)

How do I apply to become a patient?2019-02-03T16:24:33+00:00

To start your evaluation, please complete our online Patient Application.

If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us today!

How long will it take to get an appointment?2018-01-23T00:06:51+00:00

Once our medical team has received your medical application, it usually takes about 7 working days to review it. As soon as the review is complete, we’ll contact you to discuss available treatment options (if any) and to request any additional medical records.

Once approved, a patient is scheduled for the earliest available appointment that is convenient for him or her.

If you are not approved for treatment based upon your medical history, you will be notified by email.

What is Panama like?2017-07-17T21:39:03+00:00

Panama City is arguably the most developed city in Central America, due in part to the large American military presence here since the building of the Panama Canal. The picturesque view of Panama City is filled with skyscrapers, apartments, world-class hotels and restaurants.

Panama has been voted one of the top 5 places for retirement 8 years running by International Living Magazine. It was also voted the American Capital of Culture in 2003 by the American Capital of Culture Organization.

More information…

What are the hospitals like?2017-07-17T21:36:58+00:00

All stem cell treatments are performed at our clinic.  Only spinal cord injury patients will have bone marrow collected at a hospital.

Here is an excerpt about Panama’s health care services from Expat Focus:

“…Many of the hospitals and clinics are new and have good, modern facilities. Most of the medical staff in Panama are trained in other countries such as the US so they are aware of all the latest developments and technologies. When compared with other countries, the standard of healthcare is considered to be high. Full care is offered at the hospitals.

Private hospitals such as the Hospital Punta Pacifica have some of the best facilities. This particular hospital is affiliated to Johns Hopkins, one of the most prestigious hospitals in the US. Several hospitals in the country have connections to US institutions, which ensures that they have the best facilities and highly trained staff…”Read the entire article…

Is physical therapy or rehabilitation available?2017-07-17T21:34:38+00:00

Yes. According each patient’s needs, physical therapy will be recommended by our medical team and provided during the course of treatment.

Will my insurance cover the cost of treatment?2017-07-17T21:33:40+00:00

Insurance companies do not cover adult stem cell therapy.

How much does this treatment cost?2018-02-05T20:46:50+00:00