Stem cells have the potential to self-generate themselves into many different cell types. Conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, spinal cord injury, and cancer, as well as some ophthalmologic conditions, among others, are considered possible candidates for stem cell treatment. Autologus stem cell therapy is when the patient’s own stem cells are used to treat the condition. Bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells are collected from the patient and then frozen and stored until they are needed. Alternatively, when the stem cells originate from a donor, this is the allongenic approach. Stem cells that have been collected are transplanted into the patient. These stem cells can then regenerate themselves into new cells with the aim to restore the damaged tissue they replace.

Okyanos Heart Institute in the Bahamas has developed a stem cell procedure to treat chronic myocardial ischemia using a patient’s own fat cells. The procedure, which has been proven to be safe with no adverse side effects even after 18 months, has proven to statistically increase maximum oxygen consumption and a patients' ability to perform physical activity.

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While all of the hospitals in the Passport for Health network are full service facilities, several elect to call out expertise within various departments of medicine. Stem Cell Procedures is highlighted at hospitals in: