Preserving the fertility of cancer patients by temporarily relocating the uterus and ovaries is the first operation to be performed in Switzerland this year at the Centre Hospitalier du Valais Romand (CHVR). This new procedure offers new therapeutic perspectives for young patients of childbearing age.
Laparoscopic transposition of the uterus and adnexa is an innovative procedure, which has been performed around 20 times worldwide since 2017. The operation was performed for the first time in Switzerland in March 2023 by a surgical and gynecology team from the Centre Hospitalier du Valais Romand (CHVR) – Hopital du Valais, in close collaboration between Prof. Daniela Huber, head of the CHVR Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Dr. Ian Fournier, assistant physician in the CHVR Department of Surgery.
This operation will enable better management of patients with rectal cancer. Until now, pelvic radiotherapy for these patients with rectal malignancies offered a good chance of cure, but had irreversible effects on the women’s fertility (due to the high doses of radiation required for effective radiotherapy (around 50 Gy).
Congratulations to the multidisciplinary team who achieved this feat, doing everything possible to fulfill a young patient’s wish to start a family in the years to come.
From left to right: Dr Irma Dischl-Antonioni, Dr Léonard Zufferey (Oncology Department), Dr Ian Fournier, Audrey Favrod , Prof. Daniela Huber, Stéphanie Musy, Dr Boumediene Guendil, Christophe Monnet, Dr Sina Grape, Gabriel Bonvin (absent: Dr Colin Simonson, Dr Joannis Rotas, Arthur Savart)
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