Cleveland Clinic Performs Nation’s First Uterus Transplant

Patient in Stable Condition; Additional Information to be Available at Press Conference Next Week

A team of Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeons and gynecological surgeons performed the nation’s first uterus transplant during a nine-hour surgery Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The 26-year-old patient – who is not being identified publicly – was in stable condition Thursday afternoon. The transplanted uterus came from a deceased organ donor.

Cleveland Clinic will be making no further comments at this time. The surgical team will be available for media questions at a news conference to be scheduled next week.

Cleveland Clinic began screening candidates for uterus transplants late last year, as part of a clinical trial approved by Cleveland Clinic’s Institutional Review Board, which reviews and monitors all human-related research projects.

The research team – comprised of transplant specialists, obstetricians and gynecologists, bioethicists, psychiatrists, nurses and social workers – continues to screen transplant candidates with Uterine Factor Infertility (UFI), an irreversible condition effecting 3 percent to 5 percent of women worldwide.

For more information about Cleveland Clinic’s uterine transplant program, visithttp://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/uterus-transplant. Details of the clinical trial – Uterine Transplantation for the Treatment of Uterine Factor Infertility – can be found athttps://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02573415.

Editor’s Note: Photos and video from Wednesday’s surgery are available for download at the following links:

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