Cleveland Clinic Performs first Uterus Transplant in the U.S.

Women who have suffered uterine fibroids, uterus cancer, ovarian cysts, tiny uterus’s and other uterine complications can seek alternatives when conceiving. A uterus transplant is a possible solution for women who lack wombs a normal chance of pregnancy. Mayer Rockitansky Kuster Hauser syndrome or MRKH is another uterine disease that affects the female reproduction system in which 1 in every 5,000 girls are born without a uterus. In short, it is not uncommon for a woman’s uterus to be compromised and interfere with properly conceiving.

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Yesterday, Cleveland Clinic successfully performed nation’s first uterus transplant; they complete a 9-hour operation on a 26-year-old woman, who used a uterus from a deceased donor. In 2014, the transplant was successful in Sweden and resulted in birthing five healthy babies.

“In a statement announcing the study, Cleveland Clinic reminds us that transferred uterus is not intended to last for the duration of the recipient’s life, but will be maintained for only as long as is necessary to produce one or two children.”

Fast Facts:

  • Risks are not greater than other transplants; considered to be a life-enhancing transplant
  • Removing the uterus from a deceased donor requires that arteries be removed also; the womb and blood vessels are sewn inside of the recipient’s pelvis.
  • Doctors undergo thorough testing to ensure the uterus’s new home has good blood flow and ligaments are strong enough to maintain pregnancy.
  • The process starts off similar to in vitro fertilization in which eggs are removed from the ovaries.

The human body is so fascinating; it never ceases to amaze me!

Thanks to my Mommy for the assist!

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