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St. Louis Surgeon Performs First Ever Ovary Transplant

By nidsjourno     Feb 12, 2007 in Health
A St. Louis, Missouri surgeon Dr. Sherman Silber has become the first person to transplant a whole ovary in non -twin sisters.
A St. Louis, Missouri surgeon Dr. Sherman Silber has become the first person to transplant a whole ovary in non-twin sisters. Dr. Silber had earlier made history in 2004 by transplanting ovarian tissue from a twin into her identical sister but it is the first ovarian transplant that would give new hope to women who reached early menopause because of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.
The complex surgery was successfully performed on Feb 6 on a cancer patient from San Francisco Joy Lagos. Lagos had been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation and reached menopause earlier than expected. It left her infertile with no hopes of having her own children.
She had almost given hope but read on internet about Dr. Silber at infertility Center of St. Louis. The doctore removed one ovary of her older sister Maeapple Chaney and transplanted it to Lagos at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.
Lagos can now have her own children and the breakthrough surgery is seen as a hope for preserving fertility for cancer patients. The women facing chemotherapy and radiation could now have their own ovary frozen and returned to her later.
The new procedure not only restores their fertility and natural hormone production but it also helps them prevent osteoporosis, heart disease and contributes to a woman's general health. Prior to this surgery, women who face infertility because of chemotherapy could only have strips of their ovarian tissue frozen and replaced once they are in remission. But this is the first case of successfully freezing a whole ovary and transplanting it.
Cost of the surgery came to - $15,000 which is being paid for with the couple's resources and donations.
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