India's First Womb Transplant

Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar and Galaxy Care Hospital Team Made it Possible

Galaxy Care Hospital Achieved a Medical Feat by Performing Two Uterus Transplants in Two Days

Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar

Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar and his team of surgeons from Galaxy Care Hospital successfully performed India's first uterus transplant on Thursday, 18th May and the second on Friday, 19th May. With this, Galaxy Care Hospital has achieved a medical feat by performing two uterus transplants in two days.

Glimpses of 1st Uterus Transplant

“WA 21-year-old woman has become the first person to undergo a womb transplant in India. The woman, who suffers from congenital absence of uterus since birth. A team of doctors transfer her mother's uterus to her in a brain-storming procedure.

The minimally invasive retrieval of the womb carried out mainly through key hole surgery and its subsequent transplant performed only through open surgery took nine hours. “We started at noon on Thursday. It took us four-and-a-half hours to retrieve the uterus from the 41-year-old woman,” Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar said. Since the majority of the retrieval part was done through minimally invasive keyhole surgery medically known as laparoscopic surgery, the donor did not even require blood transfusion. The complicated womb transplant surgery took nine hours. "Around 80 percent of the retrieval of organ (uterus) was done laparoscopically and only towards the tail end of the surgery when we had to take out the organ (womb) from donor's body that we adopted open surgery method by taking a small incision so that vessels supplying blood to the uterus are not squeezed and damaged," said Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar after the surgery was successfully performed.

Glimpses of 2nd Uterus Transplant

Within 48 hours of the first uterus transplant at Galaxy Care Hospital, a second uterine transplant has been performed by the same team. The second recipient of a uterus, a 24-year-old woman from Baroda, is said to be comfortable and that the operation went well.

The 24-year-old recipient was born without a womb and the donor, her 45 year-old-mother, is hopeful that her daughter will one-day experience childbirth. The operation was led by Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar and followed the same procedure to make it another success.

Post-surgery Conditions

“The condition of the two women, who underwent womb transplant surgeries here last week, is stable”, said the doctors from Galaxy Care Hospital on Sunday.

Giving the status of the current condition of the first uterus transplant patient Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar said, "The internal inspection done with the help of colposcopy also shows a normal uterus. All her blood parameters are within the normal range. She will remain in the intensive care unit (ICU) for another four days before being shifted out for specialized care for two weeks".

Giving the status of the current condition of the first uterus transplant patient Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar said, "The internal inspection done with the help of colposcopy also shows a normal uterus. All her blood parameters are within the normal range. She will remain in the intensive care unit (ICU) for another four days before being shifted out for specialized care for two weeks".

Further sharing the condition of the second womb transplant patient he said, “Forty-eight-hours have passed since the surgery and the transplanted uterus is showing normal blood flow. Except the urine catheter, all other tubes attached to her have been removed. The Doppler study on Saturday showed normal blood flow in the uterus,”

Taking about the next action plan he said, "Both the women have crossed the first stage and we hope that they will sail through the total 15 days hospitalization period as well. They will be discharged then. However, both of them will be monitored consistently till conception”.

A 12-member team of specialists headed by Oncosurgeon Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar is likely to conduct a third procedure in next month. Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar gave the credit for this success to the team of Galaxy Care Hospital and the people all around India for their support, wishes and blessings.

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