Mother-to-daughter uterus transplantation

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Last weekend, a team of researchers at the University of Gothenburg performed the world’s first mother-to-daughter uterus transplantation. The procedure was completed without complications.

On September 15-16, a team of researchers, physicians and specialists from the University of Gothenburg performed the world’s first mother-to daughter uterus transplantation, when two Swedish women received new wombs donated by their mothers.

The first patient have 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, was completed without complications.

“More than 10 surgeons, that had trained together on the procedure for several years, took part in the complicated surgery “ says team leader Mats Brännström, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Gothenburg 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 “.

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: University of Gothenburg

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Date Created: September 30, 2012 Date Modified: August 12, 2014