A woman has undergone a uterus transplant for the first time in the United States. The team of transplant surgeons and gynecological surgeons carried out the 9-hour operation at Cleveland Clinic last Wednesday, February 24. The identity of the 26-year old patient has not been publicly released. However, she was said to be in a “stable condition” by Thursday afternoon.
The procedure aims to enable women who were born without a uterus, or have undergone a hysterectomy (surgery to remove a woman’s uterus after trauma or illness), to become pregnant and successfully give birth. Once the woman has one or two children, which will be delivered by cesarean section, she will undergo another procedure to remove the uterus. The world’s first uterus transplant was performed on a woman in Sweden in 2012.