A woman from Solapur became the first person in India to undergo uterus translant following a surgery that lasted about nine hours on Thursday. The 21-year-old, who was born without a uterus, received the organ from her mother during a historic medical procedure held at a hospital in Pune, on Thursday.
Speaking exclusively to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, director of Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI) and who lead a 12-member team, said, “The surgery has been successful and this is like a dream coming true for us. Both patients are stable. The procedure was a challenge. Creating a network of blood vessels and making bed in the recipient’s body was a challenging task.”
“We began the surgery at 12.30pm and clocked out at around 9pm. It took around four-and-a-half hours to retrieve the uterus, one hour was taken to clean it and it was transplanted in the next three hours. The first part of yhe surgery was microscopic and the later part was open surgery,” Dr Puntambekar said.
“We are hoping that the organ is not rejected,”added Dr Puntambekar.
Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, cardiothoracic and heart-lung-kidney tranplant surgeon and a member of the team, said, “The recipient’s husband and her entire family were anxious about the surgery. The couple has been waiting to have their child and this surgery has given them a ray of hope.”
“The recipient will be kept in isolation for the next two weeks,” said Dr. Ravindra Sathe, laparoscopic surgeon from the team.
The surgery was conducted at GCLI following a go-ahead from the state’s Directorate of Health Services.
The success of the procedure will depend on recipient’s acceptance of the organ, which will be clear in another three weeks. Further the success of womb transplant depends on whether the recipient is able to conceive.
On Friday, the same procedure will be conducted on a 24-year-old woman from Baroda who suffers from Asherman’s Syndrome (scar tissue in the uterus). She too will receive her mother’s womb. “Though the team is exhausted, we are now focussed on our next surgery. We will conduct the same procedure again tomorrow,” added Dr Puntambekar.
Surgeons at GCLI will transplant a womb in a third woman, who is suffering from cervical cancer, at a later stage.