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Swedish surgeons perform unique uterus transplantation

By Surgical Tribune
September 24, 2012

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: A team of doctors, physicians and other specialists at the University of Gothenburg has performed the world’s first mother-to-daughter uterus transplantation. The procedure was completed without any complications. It was the result of more than ten years of Swedish and international research collaboration.

In the operations, two Swedish women in their 30s received wombs from their mothers. One of the receiving women was born without a uterus, the other one had had hers removed many years before owing to cervical cancer. Both women underwent in vitro fertilisation treatment well before transplantation.

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“More than ten surgeons who had trained together on the procedure for several years took part in the complicated surgery,” said team leader Mats Brännström, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Gothenburg and chief physician at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital Women’s Clinic, after the operation. “Both patients who received new uteri are doing fine but are tired after surgery. The donating mothers are up and walking and will be discharged from the hospital within a few days.”

The aim of the uterus transplant research project is to enable women who have no uterus to receive a new womb through transplantation. In Sweden alone, between 2,000 and 3,000 women of child-bearing age cannot have children because they lack a uterus.

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