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India : Pune Surgeons Perform Second Uterus Transplant

India's 1st Uterus Transplant Surgery

Within 48 hours of the first uterus transplant in Pune, India, 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 uterine transplant operation performed Friday at the Galaxy Care Hospital in Pune, south-west India, was the first of its kind in the country. The 21-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, the hospital’s medical director. Speaking to CNN, Dr. Puntambeker described the complexity of the procedure. The procedure is difficult because multiple large arteries are to be joined there, and veins that are small and short. It is technically very tough The initial operation lasted for approximately nine hours and retrieval of the donated uterus was performed mainly through key-hole surgery, the medical term for which is laparoscopic surgery. Open surgery, however, was performed to transplant the uterus to its recipient. Dr. Puntambeker went on to describe the methods employed to perform the surgery as groundbreaking.

This is the first time in the world that both transplants were done via minimal access laparoscopic surgery, The second transplant patient suffers from a condition known as Asherman’s syndrome, a scarred uterus, and after carrying two babies to term lost them both to miscarriage. As a result of the trauma of the miscarriages, the patient’s uterus has been non-functional for almost three years. Both transplant patients will have to wait a month before surgeons can ascertain whether the newly transplanted uterus will be accepted or rejected by their bodies.

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