A Cleveland Clinic is offering uterus transplants to 10 patients using a technique which has been successful in Sweden. This first-ever surgery is the glimmer of hope these women need whom have been struggling with infertility. So fascinating.
The Cleveland Clinic announced on Nov. 12 that it is preparing to offer women uterine transplants. They will be the first hospital in the United States to offer this surgery to 10 infertile women within the next few months.
Infertility is a heartbreaking issue that a lot of women struggle with, but now there’s hope. The groundbreaking surgery comes after a Swedish team was able to successfully perform the transplants. “To date, the Swedish group has performed nine uterus transplants, achieving five pregnancies and four live births,” the Cleveland Clinic stated, according to the NY Times.
The hospital has begun looking at a handful of potential candidates, all from various ages. Then the women who are accepted into the study with undergo medical and psychological evaluations, and will have to agree to let doctors retrieve their eggs. Then those would be fertilized and frozen until they are ready for transplantation. So amazing. “One year after transplant, the frozen embryos are then thawed and implanted, one at a time, into the patient until she becomes pregnant,” the hospital stated. As for the uterus’ that will be used, the transplants will come from deceased donors and will be temporary. Each organ will allow the recipient to bear one or two children.
“Cleveland Clinic has a history of innovation in transplant and reproductive surgery and will explore the feasibility of this approach for women in the United States,” Cleveland Clinic doctor Tommaso Falcone addressed in the statement. “Unlike any other transplants, they are ‘ephemeral,’” Cleveland Clinic lead researcher Andreas Tzakis said in the release. “They are not intended to last for the duration of the recipient’s life.” Such an amazing time we live in. Hopefully, all of these women get their dream — to give birth to a child.
— Brittany King