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.
A 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.