Ovarian Tissue Freezing

Women who need to preserve their fertility before receiving time-sensitive cancer treatment are increasingly using the novel technology of ovarian tissue freezing. It can be completed considerably faster, enabling prompt commencement of cancer treatment. This process is appropriate only for selected cases when time-critical cancer treatment has to commence. Dr. Daniel Lantsberg has gained significant experience with ovarian tissue freezing as he was trained at two of the leading institutions in the world pioneering in this field. The Royal women’s hospital in Melbourne and Sheba medical center (ranked as 1 of the best 10 hospitals in the world) provided Dr. Daniel Lantsberg with knowledge and experience with the most advanced techniques to increase the chance for a future pregnancy from ovarian tissue freezing.

What We Do

A laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery to remove a part of the ovary to be frozen. The tissue is tested for cancerous cells. In the future, after recovery from cancer, if you experience early ovarian failure as a result of the cancer treatment, you can have the ovary implanted in a second laparoscopic surgery.

After Ovarian Transplant

That tissue will take approximately 6-9 months to start producing hormones and mature eggs. This will be monitored with monthly blood tests. The grafted ovarian tissue usually functions for a limited time ranging from a few months to a few years. during this time to optimize chance for a pregnancy; IVF will likely be used to conceive. However, there is also still the potential for natural conception. Chance of conception with ovarian tissue freeze is estimated at 30% overall.

Risks associated with this include very rare complications of laparoscopic surgery and extremely rare risk of reseeding cancer cells that were hidden in the ovarian tissue when it is grafted back.

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