“We are now more than certain about our patient from Vadodara delivering her own baby,” said Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, director of Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital. The woman, who is India’s second person to undergo uterus transplant, has menstruated twice in eight weeks.
This is a landmark moment for the patient as well as the doctors as ‘the chance of her getting pregnant is now more than 90 per cent’.
“The Vadodara woman has started her second menstruation cycle on Friday. This is her second period in the past eight weeks,” said Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, director of Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital.
Dr Puntambekar, who led a team of 12 doctors for the surgery, said, “Under normal circumstances, a woman has one menstrual cycle in 28 days. Since she has had two cycles now, like a normal woman, her chances of conceiving have increased beyond 90 per cent.”
The 24-year-old, who suffered from Asherman’s Syndrome (scar tissue in the uterus), was operated on May 19, 2017. She will be under observation for the next four months.
The uterus recipients were made to undergo ovulation stimulation by pre-planned IVF for oocyte retrieval. Once their menstruation cycles become normal, doctors will implant test tube baby.
Dr Puntambekar added, “We will transfer the embryo at the end of November or so. Her uterus has already been tested. In her case, the chances of delivering a baby successfully are high.”
Gynaecologist Dr Neeta Warty, the only doctor from Mumbai in the 12-member team, which performed these surgeries, said, “We are elated as the woman is menstruating for the second time. This has heightened all the chances of her conceiving successfully.”
Dr Warty said their efforts have led to more awareness about uterine transplants. “We are receiving several applicants for uterus transplant and have started a dedicated OPD for them,” she said.