February 2016. Multidisciplinary surgical team performs the nation’s first uterus transplant during a nine-hour surgery Feb. 24, 2016. The procedure is the first in a pioneering clinical trial of uterine transplantation in women of reproductive age with uterine factor infertility (UFI). It is the first such clinical trial by a U.S. medical center.
April 8, 2016: Update on uterus transplant complications
Uterus transplantation is a major feat of microsurgical engineering. Here's how it's done.
Come inside the operating room, where skill, concentration, and teamwork come together to work a medical miracle.
Candidates get in-depth screening
Must be 21-39 with
uterine factor infertility (UFI)
Evaluated by team of experts
Donor search begins
Ages 18-40 with a healthy uterus
Next of kin must consent
Patient’s ovaries stimulated
Eggs removed & fertilized in lab
6-10 embryos frozen
Prep and transplant
Anti-rejection drugs started
Donor uterus & blood supply transplanted into patient’s pelvis
In a few months, periods begin
In 12 months, uterus heals
Embryos implanted one by one
Goal: 1-2 pregnancies
Anti-rejection drugs required throughout
Monthly biopsies check for rejection
Baby delivered by C-section
Donor uterus removed after 1-2 babies
Anti-rejection drugs stop
A quick collage of the faces, hands, and high-tech instruments that make uterus transplant possible.
They've spent a lifetime preparing for moments like this: brilliant surgeons, doctors, and specialists at the top of their game.
Research Specialist, Florida
Nurse Manager, Florida