The first ever cryobank for ovarium tissue storage in Latvia is created in MAMA Riga clinic of reproductive heath. That structure suggests that ovarium tissue samples are taken, freezed and being stored for the future transplantation needs. Cryobank for ovarium tissue storage provides a possibility for women to preserve and restore their own reproductive functions after intensive treatment of oncologic diseases.
The creation of ovarium tissue storage cryobank is going on under the direct guidance of professor Vladimir Isachenko, the head of a reproductive medicine laboratory at the university of Cologne (Koln), Germany. He is having a group of researches under his own supervision and guidance in the university of Cologne. This group of researches consists of doctors, oncology specialists, fertility specialists, biologists and laborants. The aim of this group is to develop new edge technologies of reproductive medicine and to introduce such technologies into a real practice. Prof. Isachenko developed his unique method of ovarium tissue cryoconservation.
In 2005, V. Isavchenko has been taking part in an extracting, freezing and cryopreserving procedures by his method for a woman who was about to get a chemotherapy (oncology diseases treatment method). After this woman successfully has been treated fr om lung cancer, her own previously cryoconservated ovarium tissue has been transplanted back. As the result, woman's reproductive system and reproductive function have been fully and naturally restored back. In 2010 the first child was born fr om a woman who got treated with Isachenko method.
In the development process of such method there were taking part three medical centres – Dresden clinic where the ovarium tissue sample fr om a woman has been extracted; Bonn's University wh ere at the moment of the development professor Isachenko has been working and wh ere the extracted tissue was processed and cryoconservated; and finally Erlagen's clinic in Bayern wh ere the transplantation process took place.
"In Germany the extracting and cryoconservation (preservation procedure of a tissue under specific conditions and embedded into a liquid nitrogen) operations before cancer therapy treatment are being highly demanded by many female patients. These operations are also needed for women who are intaking alkaloid drugs for the other diseases treatment like autoimmune ones (particular dosage of alkaloids is not compatible with preservation of a reproductive function.
Ovarium tissue transplantation after the end of a treatment process basically means the successful restoration of a hormonal system, which also means that patients will get their normal menstrual cycle. The world practise also suggests that there persists a possibility of a pregnancy, - says professor Isachenko, - This method is being used not only in Germany, but in a variety of other modern states. In some laboratories it is used fully and in some – partially. In MAMA Riga Clinic such technology is planned to be fully used. Also I would like to underline the fact that it is important not only the extraction and freezing process, but also the thawing procedure of a previously freezed tissue".
"When we were opening MAMA Riga Clinic, we have been orientating on a full infertility treatment cycle. That is why in order to treat our clients we use the latest up-to-date treatment methods, which are strictly applied to all rules of the WHO (World Health Organisation) organisation and the European Union. In order to make our work even more efficient and to provide high quality services for our clients, we are developing and introduce our own medical technologies and methods here, in Latvia. Hence, providing fast, effective and successful treatment", - says Victoria Zaletova, the leading specialist of a reproductive health in MAMA Riga Clinic.
In the end of 2015 MAMA Riga Clinic of reproductive health has been granted with a licenced permission from the State Drug Agency (Zāļu valsts aģentūra) to provide manipulations with ovarium tissue, which haven't been registered before in Latvia. This procedure has been introduced in MAMA Riga in order to help women to preserve and fully restore reproductive functions after oncologic diseases treatment. Since the permission has been acquired, clinic actively works on the Isakovich method presentation for a daily practise as well as modernising cryobank system work with the an ovarium tissue and freezing method usage.
Chief physician, obstetrician-gynecologist, fertility specialist, ESHRE member
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