Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Stockholm: A team of researchers, physicians and specialists from the University of Gothenburg on September 15-16 performed the world’s first mother-to-daughter uterus transplantation, when two Swedish women received new wombs donated by their mothers.
The first patient had her uterus removed many years ago because of surgery for cervical cancer; the other patient was born without a uterus. Both women, who are in their 30s, have undergone IVF-treatment well before transplantation.
The transplantations, which are the result of more than ten years of Swedish and international research collaboration, were completed without complications.
“More than 10 surgeons, that had trained together on the procedure for several years, took part in the complicated surgery,” said team leader Mats Brannstrom, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Gothenburg and chief physician at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital Women’s Clinic. “Both patients that received new uteri are doing fine but are tired after surgery. The donating mothers are up and walking and will be discharged from the hospital within a few days.”
In the video, researchers from the University of Gothenburg give a background to the research project and describe how the transplantation is performed.
The aim of the uterus transplant research project is to enable women who had their uterus removed at a young age due to cervical cancer or who were born without a uterus to receive a new womb through transplantation. In Sweden alone, between 2,000 and 3,000 women of childbearing age cannot have children because they lack a uterus. [Source]