A quick tour of the ProgenCell clinic

For those who have never been to Tijuana – and for those who only know Tijuana as Avenida Revolución – a visit to ProgenCell can be surprising. We’re on the second floor of a modern commercial complex a block away from CECUT, Tijuana’s world-famous cultural center.
You’re greeted at the reception desk at the end of a marble foyer and taken to the consultation office, where your doctor explains your procedure to you and answers any questions you might still have. From there you go to the changing room for your hospital gown, leaving your street clothes in a private locker.
Then you cross a cordon sanitaire into the sterile area for your procedure. ProgenCell’s procedure rooms are held to the same federal medical standards as hospitals. There we extract your hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells, screen them for viability, and infuse them where they can do the most good, all in one continuous operation. When the infusion is complete, you change back into your street clothes to spend forty-five minutes in the recovery room, where you and your companions may take refreshments, make international calls, watch movies and access the internet.
To give you an idea of the procedure itself, the filmmaker Stefan Sargent brought video equipment past the cordon sanitaire to record his own experience. You can see here how comfortable he was.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mxJNBeSmDg?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

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