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article imageFirst ever uterus transplant takes place in U.S.

By Tim Sandle     Feb 26, 2016 in Science
New York - A pioneering surgical process has taken place in the U.S. A uterus has been transplanted into a woman's body. The success offers hope to many infertile women.
The novel surgery was carried out by Cleveland Clinic medics on a 26 year-old woman. The operation, which took place in February 2016, lasted for nine hours. The woman had been declared infertile and her hope now, with a new uterus, is to conceive and to have a child.
This won't be a quick process for the uterus will take a year to heal and the unnamed patient will need to take anti-rejection drugs for the duration of having the uterus. The patient will need to become pregnant through in vitro fertilization (some of her eggs were removed prior to the procedure being performed and were then frozen). Moreover, the transplant is not for life. Once the woman has (hopefully) give birth to one or two children, it will be surgically removed. The reason for the removal is to allow the woman to stop taking the anti-rejection medication.
The transplanted uterus was taken from a deceased organ donor. The surgical procedure was led by Dr. Andreas G. Tzakis. Dr. Tzakis is experienced in performing organ transplants (such as for kidneys, livers and other abdominal organs), although this was the first time he had attempted anything like a uterial transplant. The operation was not the world's first (this was in Sweden), but it was the first on U.S. soil and the technique remains in its early stages.
The uterus (or womb) is the female reproductive sex organ, found in most mammals. After conception, the fetus develops in the uterus during gestation.
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