A team of doctors at Pune’s Galaxy Care Laparoscopic Institute (GCLI) conducted India’s first womb transplant on a 21-year-old woman from Solapur on Thursday.
The uterus donor was the recipient’s 45-year-old mother. Doctors successfully transferred the uterus of the mother to her daughter, who did not have a uterus since birth.
Uterine transplant is a potential treatment for this form of infertility. Once the transplant is successful it could bring hope to a lot of women who want to be a mother and struggling with infertility.
Oncosurgeon Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, who performed the surgery with a team of doctors, said the operation was successful. He further said that the first successful uterine transplant in the world was done through the open surgery method in 16 hours in Sweden in 2012, which led to conception two years later. Thursday’s surgery was shorter and done mainly through the keyhole method which did not even require blood transfusion. He said the next 48 hours were crucial for determining the success of the surgery
After the transplant, the recipient will be kept at hospital for three weeks under observation and after eight months further procedure required will be initiated.