How are the stem cells harvested?

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Adipose tissue collection

Each donor’s at tissue is collected via mini-liposuction; usually from the areas of the body commonly referred as “love handles”.

Bone marrow collection

Bone marrow is collected by withdrawal into syringes that are inserted through the skin on the back and into the hip bones. This procedure is performed by an experienced hematologist with an anesthesiologist in a hospital operating room under light general anesthesia. Bone marrow collection typically takes about 1.5 hours.

Bone marrow collection is quite safe and most donors do not find it to be painful – during or after the procedure.

Umbilical cord tissue collection

We receive cord donations from healthy women in Panama. Our donors sign a consent form, fill out a detailed questionnaire, and give a blood sample. The mothers’ blood and the cord blood undergo extensive testing for HIV, STD’s, hepatitis, etc. Once we ensure the cords are free of all infectious diseases and 100% safe we process the tissue to extract the stem cells.

All donated cords are the by-products of normal, healthy births. Each cord is carefully screened for sterility and infectious diseases under International Blood Bank standards.