For the first time in the world a group of doctors belonging to the gynecology service of the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona), has achieved a pregnancy in a woman who had undergone the removal of both ovaries as a result of the Cancer.
The doctors had been able to save a small portion of tissue from the patient's right ovary, which remained frozen until last summer the 31-year-old woman expressed her desire to become a mother and underwent an autotransplantation of said tissue, to which growth factors were added, which were obtained from the patient's blood, in order to facilitate revascularization.
It is the first time that a pregnancy is achieved thanks to the autotransplant of ovarian tissue in a woman who lacked both ovaries
Four months after the intervention, ovarian function was restored and the woman began to generate ovules. The doctors, then, started with the procedure of fertilization in vitro, which has culminated with the achievement of pregnancy.
Justo Callejo, head of Gynecology of Sant Joan de Déu, has declared that this is the first time that a pregnancy is achieved thanks to the autotransplant of ovarian tissue in a woman who lacked both ovaries since, in other similar cases, the patients kept , partially or totally, at least one of the ovaries, even though the activity of the ovaries was affected due to treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
According to the specialist, the success achieved with this procedure is a hope for all those women who have extracted ovarian tissue, in order to preserve their fertility, before starting a therapy to fight some type of cancer.