Nicaragua innovates in stem cell procedures

Nicaragua is the first country in the world to successfully regenerate an artery with stem cells extracted from human fat and not from bone marrow, as is currently done in Germany and some Asian countries.
 
 
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MANAGUA, Nicaragua - March 28, 2014 - PRLog -- According to Arturo Gomez, one of the two plastic surgeon specialists performing stem cell procedures in the country, Nicaragua is the first country in the world to successfully regenerate an artery with stem cells extracted from human fat and not from bone marrow, as is currently done in Germany and some Asian countries. Last year, approximately 30 patients were successfully treated with this technique.

Gomez also stated that bone marrow cells treatment is a process that takes at least three weeks, while stem cells extraction from the patient's fat only takes an hour and a half and is significantly effective in people with risk of amputation.

The procedures have been performed at the Center for Cellular Medicine (CMC, for its acronym in Spanish) of the Vivian Pellas Metropolitan Hospital in Managua, Nicaragua. The therapy consists in collecting and concentrating a large number of stem cells for regenerative repair purposes and then injecting them into problematic areas.

The procedure is performed by two board certified physicians specialized in the Get it Done (GID) process, an international company which provides the techniques for collecting autologous stem cells. The collection of fat via liposuction is provided by a certified plastic surgeon, and the stem cell injection is performed by a specialist depending on the condition to be treated. The procedures are based on previously evaluated protocols by reputable scientists and physicians.

Nicaragua is prepared for most healthcare requirements, and costs of medical procedures are just a fraction of U.S. standards. The country offers internationally recognized and accredited medical facilities and highly qualified doctors and dentists. Additionally, according to the President of Calvet & Associates, Raul F. Calvet, Nicaragua could receive US$27 million in 2020 in medical tourism revenue and the figure could reach US$105 million by 2025. These projected revenues include charges for patients in lodging, food and tours for the patients’ visitors.
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