A new technique of laparoscopic ovariopexy before irradiation

Fertil Steril. 2003 May;79(5):1204-6. doi: 10.1016/s0015-0282(03)00157-2.


Objective: To report a new technique of laparoscopic ovarian transposition to preserve ovarian function in women who require pelvic irradiation for musculoaponeurotic fibromatosis (extra abdominal desmoid).

Design: Case report.

Setting: University teaching hospital.

Patient(s): Two nulliparous women who required adjunctive radiotherapy for musculoaponeurotic fibromatosis where radiotherapy planning indicated that the right ovary could be removed from the field of radiation by anterior transposition.

Intervention(s): Laparoscopic suturing of the right ovary to the right round ligament with intracorporeal polypropylene sutures.

Main outcome measure(s): Technical feasibility, recovery, postoperative adhesions, ease of ovarian repositioning, and evidence of ovulation after completion of radiotherapy.

Result(s): The technique was easily performed without needing to divide the ligament of the ovary. Recovery was rapid, and there were no postoperative adhesions. The ovary showed evidence of continued function and was easily repositioned by dividing the sutures.

Conclusion(s): In selected cases, this method of ovarian transposition has the advantages not only of being technically easy but also of allowing for repositioning of the ovary with minimal disruption of its anatomical relationship to the fallopian tube, thereby favoring fertility.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fibromatosis, Aggressive / radiotherapy*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy / methods*
  • Muscle Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Ovary / surgery*
  • Radiation Injuries / prevention & control*