At Regenexx Cayman, our mission is to provide advanced regenerative medicine treatments delivered by our highly qualified team, while offering exceptional concierge medical services. We are the first Caribbean location to offer the full suite of non-surgical Regenexx ™ Procedures based on the use of a patient’s own cells to repair orthopedic problems. These procedures include Regenexx-C ™, Regenexx-SD, Regenexx-AD, Regenexx-SCP among others. Contact us for more information.
I am a golf professional and lifelong golfer. In early 2012, I injured my left rotator cuff, causing pain and inability to swing a club. I heard of the alternative to surgery that is available here in Grand Cayman with Regenexx. In September of that year, I had my own stem cells re-injected. By January,…
While playing beach volleyball over the past few years, and with many injuries to my thumbs during that time, my thumbs were so weak and tender. It even hurt to put on a seat belt in the car or open jars. After Dr. Pitts treated me with Regenexx SCP, which is a blood platelet procedure,…
The following conditions can be treated: fractures that have failed to heal, joint cartilage problems, partial tears of tendons, muscles, or ligaments, chronic bursitis, avascular necrosis of the bone, and lumbar disc bulges.
Regenexx Cayman can help with many different orthopedic issues and we commonly treat conditions with patient’s knees, hips, ankles, feet, shoulders, hands, elbows and spine.
We only treat orthopedic issues at this time.
We only treat orthopedic issues at this time.
We only treat orthopedic issues at this time.
Patients often confuse a bone marrow aspirate with a more involved and more painful bone marrow biopsy. We only perform the less involved and much more comfortable bone marrow aspirate. Because we extensively numb the area, about 8 in 10 patients say that the marrow draw is very comfortable and they would do it again.
The bone marrow aspirate takes 20-40 minutes.
If you weigh less than 110 pounds, the doctor will likely decide to take less marrow or blood.
We generally recommend that you stop taking these medications before the procedure. For example, if you take Coumadin, you need to have the “okay” from your family doctor or cardiologist to come off this drug and an INR (blood clotting tests) that is in the normal range before pursuing this procedure. If you take other blood thinners, such as Plavix, you should be off this drug for 72 hours prior to the procedure. Your family doctor or cardiologist may also need to be consulted to ensure that it’s safe to come off of this medication. If you take a daily baby aspirin, then you need to come off this one week before the procedure.
A total of 50-200 cc may be drawn (a bit less than 1/2 a pint). Less blood may be taken if you weigh less than 110 pounds. It’s also possible that more blood might be drawn if needed.
The growth factors that we use to grow your stem cells in culture are contained in your blood platelets.
No. PRP is concentrating platelets in the blood, not stem cell therapy. While PRP is one component of the therapy, we use a very different Super Platelet Mix, which we believe helps to produce more stem cells.
No, the procedure should not be painful. It feels very similar to a usual shot in a doctor’s office; however, a certain level of pain should be expected after the procedure and the doctor can discuss the specifics of your treatment.
We use real time x-ray, known as fluoroscopy or musculoskeletal ultrasound, to help ensure we re-inject into the precise area of injury. Your MRI images are used to help plan that injection.
The results should become apparent over 1-3 months, but sometimes can take as long as 6-9 months.
This depends on the type of procedure; however, all of our procedures are designed to promote as much early activity as possible. Here is a general guide:
Bone healing procedure (for fracture non-union or avascular necrosis)
You must be off the area on crutches until the pain from the procedure subsides. You can then move toward slowly increasing activities over the next few weeks. Total time off the area for most patients is 1-3 weeks with normal activities at about 6 weeks. The only exception is when there is an existing rod or plate stabilizing the fracture site; in these cases you will be allowed more activity more quickly.
If there is more minimal cartilage loss, low impact activities would be encouraged immediately after the procedure. Full high impact activities would be expected at 4-6 weeks.
Partial tendon/ligament/muscle tear
Low impact activities would be encouraged immediately after the procedure. Full high impact activities would be expected at 4-6 weeks.
In general, we always try to look at more than one injured part. As a result, it’s very likely we will recommend other types of conservative care to restore normal biomechanics. This might include home exercises, physical therapy, or different types of myofascial release.
No, Regenexx Procedures are not covered by insurance at this time.
The doctor can look at your diagnostic images, history, and speak to you on the phone about if he or she believes this may help your problem. It’s important to note that this is not the formation of a traditional doctor-patient relationship until you see the doctor. Rather, this is just an opportunity for the doctor to determine if you’re a reasonable candidate for the procedure and for you to ask additional questions.
Yes, please find below an overview of diet and hydration instructions.
Yes, if you plan to take advantage of snorkeling/diving/swimming during your trip to the Cayman Islands, or if your daily routine involves any water submersion, including bath and
hot tub soaks, please be sure to follow the below instructions.
Braces are strongly recommended by physicians for knee procedures, so please note the following:
During your Regenexx Part 1 visit, one of our friendly medical staff will measure you for your bracing and instructions will be provided.
The knee brace is a must for your return visit and must be worn after re-injection.
Information is available online at www.breg.com/patient-education.
If crutches are necessary for everyday functioning, please travel with them.
Wheelchairs can be arranged at the airport and also for your stay (if needed).
In addition, infra-red heating pads may be necessary. If you choose, you may go online and shop one for yourself following post-op instructions. You can find them online at www.ventureheat.com.
Although there are many variables that affect cell vitality, it should be determined within four weeks after your bone marrow aspiration (Regenexx Part 1). The physician will review the specific details regarding your results and your care plan for Regenexx Part 2.
While there are many accommodations along beautiful Seven Mile Beach, Regenexx Cayman patients receive special rates at Sunshine Suites Resort and Grand Cayman Beach Suites. If you would like to book at either of these resorts, please contact Regenexx Cayman directly and we will assist with your reservation and ensure you receive this special offer. If you are interested in a more up-scale stay, we suggest the luxurious, Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. We hope you enjoy your stay in the Cayman Islands!
An affordable, boutique resort, Sunshine Suites Resort has beautifully appointed suites, which include a fully equipped kitchen. The property is well-maintained, you can enjoy award-winning cuisine at the Sunshine Grill and it is a short walk from the sparkling waters of Seven Mile Beach. www.sunshinesuites.com
This resort offers a range of suites, which all have spectacular views of the Caribbean ocean, beach and swimming pools. The comfortably appointed suites have private balconies, a kitchenette, and large soaking tubs and are centrally located along Seven Mile Beach. www.grand-cayman-beach-suites.com
Stretching sea-to-sea, from the Caribbean to the North Sound, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is situated on 144 acres and features five star restaurants, a high-end spa, a Greg Norman-designed nine-hole golf course, and The Courts by Bollettieri tennis center – to only name a few of the luxurious facilities. www.ritzcarlton.com
We recommend that you do NOT travel on the day of your scheduled appointment. As stress may detract from the result of your procedure, please arrive early and enjoy a day of rest and relaxation on our beautiful island – it’s good for your soul and your stem cells!
Grand Cayman only has one airport, Owen Roberts International Airport. The airport code is GCM.
You may wish to utilize a service to expedite your trip through the airport and avoid long lineups. We would be happy to arrange this for you, but please be advised the fee for this service is $150.00 USD.
At the airport, you will be greeted by one of our friendly Regenexx Cayman representatives, who will be waiting with a sign.
We provide complimentary airport transfers to and from your Seven Mile Beach accommodations.
We also provide complimentary transportation from your Seven Mile Beach accommodations to your appointments.
You will be given an appointment card indicating your pick-up times, so we kindly ask that you are ready and waiting in front of the lobby.
Taxi service and public transportation (via mini-bus) is readily available along Seven Mile Beach.
Rental cars are available, but please keep in mind we drive on the left hand side in the Cayman Islands. This is also important to remember when crossing the street.
We will provide you with a cell phone during your stay in the Cayman Islands.
Regenexx Cayman contact numbers are pre-stored, so you may reach us at any time.
For your convenience, you may use the phone for local and international calls.
The cell phone will have a certain number of minutes; however, should you require additional time, you may purchase minutes at one of the nearby shops or gas stations.
We recommend you turn off the data on your personal cell phone to avoid high roaming fees.
The Cayman Islands are located in the Western Caribbean, south of Miami, Florida (one hour flying time) and west of Jamaica.
The nation consists of three separate islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. The largest of the three islands, Grand Cayman, is approximately 22 miles long and has a population of about 50,000.
Cayman’s proximity to the equator means the islands enjoy a tropical climate year round, so please remember to wear cool and comfortable clothing for your visit.
Summer temperatures peak in July and August, with daytime highs in the upper 80’s to low 90’s. High humidity can often make the temperature feel warmer, so be sure to stay well hydrated! Rainfall is generally seasonal, with September and October being the wettest months. Rainfall can be heavy during rainy season; however, it often clears up quickly. For up-to-date forecasts, please refer to www.caymanweather.com.
The local currency is KYD (Cayman Islands Dollar). The USD (United States Dollar) is equivalent to about .80 KYD. Most places accept payment in either KYD or USD and many places accept Visa and Master Card, but we suggest that you notify your bank that you will be travelling to the Cayman Islands and the dates of your visit. There is no additional sales tax on goods or services.
Cayman is safe, hospitable, and tourist-friendly. With its rich heritage and natural beauty, the Cayman Islands were voted one of the top 10 islands to visit (according to the U.S. News & World Report).