Sunday, January 28, 2018

Docs perform third uterus transplant in six hours


PUNE: After country's seeing success in the first two cases of uterine transplant, doctors attached with Galaxy Care Hospital in the city performed the third uterine transplant on a 23-year-old woman from Karnataka on Friday, January 26.

The patient's mother donated her uterus. According to the doctors, it took them six hours to perform the surgery. Surgeon Shailesh Puntambekar said, "We did the uterus transplant in six hours. For the first transplant, we had taken 11 hours while it took us 10 hours for the second surgery." The removal of uterus was done in two-and-half-hours. The doctors said that the surgery was performed using the laparoscopic technique.

"The woman has been married for five years. She suffers from congenital absence of uterus. Her mother agreed to donate her uterus," Puntambekar explained. The team of doctors also carried out embryo transfer in the first two patients, who underwent uterus transplant at the hospital in May last year. "We will get to know if they can conceive or not over the next 10 days," said gynaecologists Pankaj Kulkarni and Milind Telang, who carried out the embryo transfer.

If everything goes as per plan, the women will deliver either in the last week of September or in the first week of October, which will make them the first women in the country to deliver a child after undergoing a uterus transplant.

Prior to the transplant, doctors had extracted eggs (ovum) from their normal functioning ovaries and fused them with their husbands' sperms in a laboratory set up (in-vitro fertilization) and preserved the embryos for transfer at the right time to enable conception. The hospital administration claimed that they have received as many as 480 inquiries for uterus transplant and they aim to perform 10 uterus transplants within the year.


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