First Uterus Transplant in the United States
Dr K K Aggarwal
The first uterus transplant in the United States was carried out at the Cleveland Clinic.
Spanning nine hours, the operation was performed using a uterus from a deceased donor. It would take a year before the patient can try to become pregnant, allowing her time to heal and providing doctors room for adjustment in medications required to prevent rejection of the organ. Pregnancy would thereafter be possible only through in vitro fertilization. The patient’s eggs were removed surgically before the transplant, fertilized through her husband’s sperm and frozen.
The uterus transplant will be temporary, and it will be removed after the patient has had babies, so as to cease anti-rejection drugs.
Mats Brannstrom, Professor and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and a world leader in uterus transplantation, forecast that this procedure would become popular in the future and expected that India would see its first baby from uterus transplantation by 2018, remarking that one in every 4,000 girls are born without a uterus across the globe.
Dr Brannstrom pioneered the first healthy baby delivered following uterus transplantation.