Uterus Transplant: Mother-To-Daughter Surgery Goes Well

    September 18, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Doctors at the University of Goteborg in Sweden are waiting to see whether or not they can call two uterus transplant surgeries a success after two women donated the organs to their daughters. Doctors say they are optimistic after the procedures went smoothly, but that the real test will be whether the women can carry healthy babies to term.

The surgeries aren’t the first of their kind, but a similar one in Saudi Arabia led to the uterus being removed due to a blood clot. Doctors say the risk of complications is greatly lessened when the donor is a blood relative of the recipient, but with something as fragile as a womb, anything can happen.

The procedure, if successful, could prove to be life-changing for women who can’t have babies on their own.

“There’s no doubt this will be a pioneering step if it’s been successful,” said Scott Nelson, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. “At present, the only option for these women is to have a surrogacy, i.e. having their embryos implanted into another woman.”

There are significant risks involved with the transplant, however, such as the womb having fewer blood vessels than would be found in the patient’s own. This could lead to insufficient development of the fetus. Also, if one of the new recipients does become pregnant, she will only be allowed two full-term pregnancies with the organ in order to stop the mandatory use of anti-rejection drugs (which stop the body from rejecting the foreign organ).

Still, such a significant step in science could make a huge impact in the world of infertility, and many are hopeful that the results will be better than expected.

  • Debbie

    I think this is wonderful !!I wish I could have donated mine to a woman in need of a heathly uterus years ago. I hope that this surgery is successful adn the daaughters recieving them can have babies !!

  • Safiya M. Umar

    I pray the surgeries wil be successful in order to give hope to lots of women who desired their own children. Kudos to the doctors!

  • http://yahoo saccoh

    i do pray that, the reciever will have thier baby after the process.

  • Peggy Coleman

    I will donate mine to my daughter in a flash…I’ll ask her tonight.

  • http://yahoo Carolyn

    Adoption is another alternative if you are unable to get pregnant. There are so many wonderful children waiting for a forever home.

  • patricia kejinghe

    I pray that the surgeries should be successful, in order to give hope to the loss ones.