After nine hours of surgery, the first uterus transplant in the U.S. was a success.
The Cleveland Clinic performed the surgery on a 26-year-old who had volunteered for a clinical trial when potential candidates were screened at the end of last year. The uterus was from a deceased organ donor.
A successful transplant like this one could help the nearly five percent of women around the world who have Uterine Factor Infertility, or a misshapen uterus.
For other women who have birth defects or are born without a uterus, undergoing this type of surgery could the be their only option for physically carrying a child.
That was the case for a woman in 2014 who was the first to give birth to a child after a uterus transplant in Sweden.
However, the body easily rejects the womb, so typically after the woman carries a child, the uterus does need to be removed.
The Cleveland Clinic is still screening more uterus transplant candidates and will likely do another surgery like this in the future.