For some women with a rare condition that has left them with little hope of bearing children, news of the first ever uterus transplant in the U.S. has offered hope that they may be able to carry children of their own.The procedure was done on Wednesday as part of a study at Cleveland Clinic. Researchers and doctors specified that only women with Uterine Factor Infertility would be considered for the procedure. While this could include women who have had a hysterectomy, fibroids or scarring, the procedure has also given new hope to a group of women with the rare genetic syndrome called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH).MRKH syndrome, which affects 1 in 4,500 newborn girls, is a disorder that affects the reproductive system and can cause the vagina and uterus to be underdeveloped or absent from birth, according to the National Institutes of health.
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First Uterus Transplant in U.S. Bolsters Pregnancy Hopes of Many - The New York Times
Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the first uterus transplant in the United States, the clinic announced Thursday.The operation, which took nine hours, was performed Wednesday, using a uterus from a deceased organ donor.The recipient, 26, is not being identified to protect her privacy. A statement from the clinic said that she was in stable condition Thursday afternoon.
The procedure’s purpose is to enable women born without a uterus, or who had theirs removed, to become pregnant and give birth. The patient will have to wait a year before trying to become pregnant, letting her heal and giving doctors time to adjust the doses of medication she needs to prevent organ rejection.