Woman Undergoes First Uterus Transplant

Cleveland Clinic performed the nation’s first uterus transplant Feb. 24 during a nine-hour surgery on a 26-year-old woman with uterine factor infertility (UFI). The patient is reported to be in stable condition following the experimental procedure, which made use of a womb from a deceased organ donor. Around 5 percent of women worldwide have UFI, an irreversible condition most often caused by birth defects or medical treatments requiring removal of the womb.

uterus transplant, which has been successfully performed in Sweden, offers infertile women the rare chance to carry a pregnancy. Why would a woman choose this instead of finding another pathway to pregnancy? After all, the surgery is complex, demanding, and risky.

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