Surgeons at a Dallas hospital announced on Wednesday they have performed the first living-donor uterus transplants in the United States.
The procedure was performed four times at Baylor University Medical Center between September 14 and 22, failing for the first three patients. In each of those cases, the transplanted organ had to be removed because it was not receiving adequate blood flow.
In the fourth case, the patient appears to be doing better, with good blood flow to the uterus and “no signs of rejection or infection at this time,” according to a statement from the Medical Center. “We are cautiously optimistic that she could ultimately become the first uterine transplant recipient in the U.S. to make it to the milestone of uterine functionality.”
All four surgeries were performed alongside an expert Swedish surgical team from the University of Gothenburg, whose uterine transplant operations have resulted in five births.
The first uterus transplant in the U.S. was performed in February on Lindsey McFarland, 26, using a transplanted organ from a deceased donor which had to be removed after she developed a yeast infection, which caused complications.
As many as five percent of women globally fall into the category of uterine factor infertility, in which she cannot carry a pregnancy because she was either born without a uterus, has lost her uterus or has a uterus that no longer functions.
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