Okyanos Cell Therapy on the Bahama´s
Okyanos Cell Therapy on the Bahama´s

Okyanos Cell Therapy in Freeport

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The Okyanos Clinic on the Bahama´s led by my friend Matt Feshbach, opened in October 2014 and has since treated many patients with much success, which is evidenced by the patient success stories, but also by follow-up medical check-ups. The big issues described in the category description above, are nicely explained by Feshbach on his website, which story I therefore "borrowed" in order for you to read it here to, after which the blog RSS of the Okyanos site is shown...so here´s Matt:

When I co-founded Okyanos it was—all fancy words aside—with the purpose of using cell therapy to help chronically ill patients return to a more normal life. Inherent in that has been the goal to “do it right,” meaning provide the highest standard of care to patients who are in pain or otherwise suffering. There is a lot that goes into doing it right but I would first like to highlight a concern:
 
Adult stem cell therapy promises to be the next phase in the evolution of medicine. It is almost unfathomable the potential number of patients that may benefit from the use of their own biology to address unmet needs. Along with that, as would be expected in any emerging field with vast opportunity for financial gain and personal recognition, there is a spectrum of participants: from the predatory to the sincere but not Matthew Feshbach Okyanos Cell Therapy CEOnecessarily qualified, to the competent but not well-equipped and so on up to the quality of care we aspire to give. Yet, it being such a new field, patients have no easy way of really assessing where the various providers fit in the spectrum of quality cell therapy care. 
To get to the point, recently there have been articles both positive and negative about U.S. stem cell clinics doing “patient-funded” research for $8900 per treatment—that’s the base price by the way. The doctors providing these treatments have, for the most part, been to a weekend stem cell course and use a Korean device called a Lipokit. The doctor selling (and using) the device states in a recent interview that the output is a “soup” and he doesn’t know what is in it but if there are stem cells in there the patient will benefit. Perhaps he is being loose with his language—or not—but either way this isn’t confidence-inspiring. 
To be fair and balanced, we hear reports that some patients are benefiting, we just don’t know how many, how much or for how long, because despite the fact that this “research” was started in 2010 and is now being done by about 100 (or 500+?) doctors across the U.S., we are not aware of one publication to date documenting the outcomes and doubt many of the doctors even report results to the “principal investigators.” If you are running a study you need to keep follow-up data; it’s that simple. 
OKYANOS DELIVERS UP TO 100X MORE OF YOUR CELLS
Okyanos Cell Therapy  -Adult stem cell processing at Okyanos is done using the Cytori Celution (pictured) and Lipogems Systems.
The fact is some serious researchers do know what is in the Lipokit “soup” and how it compares to other systems. It came in 3rd place out of 4 in a side-by-side comparison study done at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles by Dr. Joel Aronowitz et al. Their study found that the Celution device used by Okyanos yields on average 7x the amount of viable stem and regenerative cells per gram of adipose tissue as the Lipokit. 
In addition, the Celution device can process 450 ccs of fat vs. 100 ccs max from Lipokit. But in actuality, the doctors charging $8900 typically only process 60ccs, so if you do the math you are getting up to 100x more stem and regenerative cells than Lipokit. That is a big difference! And because the Lipokit is not fully automated, operator variability enters in, which circles back to the comment that the doctor doesn’t know what is in the soup. It can be very confusing, however, because many of these stem cell ‘clinics’ promote the idea that patient is getting 100 million cells or more. This is not entirely untrue, but they are including in their count not just the active reparative cells but all cells based on inferior counting technology. Ouch! 
The above-referenced study is the best source for separating the wheat from the chaf—or, said another way, the stem cells from the debris. These U.S. stem cell clinics probably fit into the category of a sincere, somewhat competent, but definitely ill-equipped group of “stemcellologists.”
 
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