When people talk about the subject of stem cells, the discussion often centers on the moral and ethical related controversies surrounding the use of embryos. In addition, there are also multiple issues & concerns associated with the possibility of transmitting DNA diseases to the recipient and even the concern of possibly developing a tumor called teratoma. However, there is a unique type of cell called Adult Autologous Stem Cell that can be successfully used to repair and regenerate damaged tissues and can also be safely collected from the patient’s own stem cells (with no rejection and/or adverse type reaction).

I recently had the opportunity to visit StemCell Miami, one of the most advanced stem cell institutes in the country, located in the heart of Miami, Florida. This state-of-the-art Institute specializes in the use of Adult Autologous Stem Cells for the treatment of orthopedic related conditions and is directed by highly acclaimed Dr. Ramon Castellanos, who is considered a true pioneer in the field of Regenerative Medicine.

While Dr. Castellanos possesses a very impressive set of medical credentials, including: Double Board Certified by the American Academy of Medical Specialties in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management, as well as Assistant Professor of Neurological Science at Florida International University. However, Dr. Castellanos decided to follow his “true passion”, which is the clinical application of stem cell therapies and now holds over 15 years of expertise with Autologous Adult Stem Cells and the Regenerative Medicine arena.

In addition, Dr. Castellanos has developed several highly specialized products, tools and even patented techniques to help him be at the forefront in his medical practice.

He first created his own trademarked E-needle© to strategically allow him to collect the “ideal stem cells” for optimum results and has also developed innovative supplements (like his very own C-Stem 34); which may additionally boost the production of stem cells in the body.

However, it is his coveted & patented technique called: Prometheus©, a procedure that prompted the creation and implementation of various new protocols, in order to obtain better clinical results (particularly in elderly patients) that has truly been “the key factor” to attract even top tier/elite athletes and celebrities to visit his StemCell Miami Institute. This innovative Prometheus© technique has delivered unparalleled results in thousands of procedures completed at StemCell Miami over the past 5 years, and all procedures in total absence of any adverse event to date.

So what are Stem Cells?

First, the doctor (in Layman’s terms) explained to me that: “stem cells are special cells that are different to most of the cells in our body for several reasons. They not only can divide multiple times, but can also transform into different tissues and are basically programmed to repair and regenerate damaged tissue in our body.”

  • There are two key accessible sources of Autologous Adult Stem Cells in humans, including:
    Bone marrow, which requires extraction by harvesting, that is, drilling into bone (typically the femur or iliac crest).
  • Adipose tissue (lipid cells), which requires extraction by liposuction.

For the more severe orthopedic cases, Dr. Castellanos uses “a strategic combination of both bone marrow and adipose tissue stem cells”, in order to obtain remarkable results in adult patients (of all ages!). While at his Institute they also consistently use Plasma-Rich-Platelets (PRP) treatments to reduce inflammation on the less severe scenarios and/or to complement other therapy options.

How are the stem cells collected and how long does the actual procedure take?

At StemCell Miami these potent cells are collected with special probes designed to maximize the collection of stem cells that especially have the necessary properties and/or capacity of heal. The entire procedure takes typically only around 25 minutes, is performed under sedation and the patient goes home about an hour after the procedure is completed.

What are StemCell Miami’s areas of expertise?

While Dr. Castellanos and his StemCell Miami Institute specializes in the treatment of orthopedic conditions, like Osteoarthritis (mainly in knees, shoulders, hip and ankles) that have not responded to medications (or physical therapy) and/or that ultimately, have been basically considered for a joint replacement.

They also specialize in tendon ruptures or severe inflammations, including many conditions that cannot be controlled with conventional treatments (like the shoulder’s infamous rotator cuff rupture and the troublesome Achilles tendon in the foot). They have also shown amazing results with several other “hard to treat” conditions like: TMJ, Peripheral Neuropathy, Metatarsalgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Spondylosis, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Spondylosis, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica Pain and ACL Tears all without the need of invasive surgeries.

What sets StemCell Miami apart from the rest?

Dr. Castellanos truly believes that one of the main reasons that sets their StemCell Miami Institute apart from the rest is the fact that: “we have made tremendous strides at treating spine related conditions, a procedure that most other stem cell institutes do not conduct.”

In addition, he mentioned that about six years ago, their successful joint treatment program was extended to the spine, all with tremendous sounded success and thus, helping many cases considered “hopeless”, suffering with tremendous spine and sciatic related pain.
Furthermore, StemCell Miami differs from other stem cell clinics because of the superiority of their patented Prometheus ©, a spearheaded procedure that uses a strategic combination of mixing hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) that are found in bone marrow with mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), most abundant in adipose tissue. In other words, other Institutes are based on the strict premise of conducting a more traditional stem cell transplant from only the bone marrow and/or stem cell from fat called adipose derived (not a combination of both) which are ultimately much less effective than Stem Cell Miami’s more innovative & powerful treatment options.

Finally, Dr. Castellanos has been touted on numerous publications as “The Miracle Doctor”, mostly because he has the ability to successfully treat many conditions often considered “untreatable” including: Peripheral Neuropathy, CRPS (Chronic pain), TMJ (pain in the mandible), Trigeminal Neuralgia (pain in the face), Fibromyalgia as well several other intractable pain diseases.

So if you are interested in receiving one of these groundbreaking stem cell or PRP treatments, please contact StemCell Miami at (305) 598-7777 or for more information, please visit our website: www.stemcellmia.com or follow us on Facebook & Twitter and also watch our amazing testimonial videos on our YouTube channel.

By Otto J. Rodríguez