Pune: India’s first uterus transplant surgery to be conducted at a Pune hospital on Thursday. A 21-year-old Solapur woman will be operated for the same as she suffers from congenital absence of uterus, will be fitted with her mother’s womb so that she can conceive normally.
Pune’s Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI), where the surgery will be done, has been granted a licence by the state’s Directorate of Health Services to carry out the uterus transplant.
“It will be an eight-hour surgery. The recipient will remain in ICU for a week and another two weeks in general care. During this period, the transplanted uterus will be studied almost every day,” said oncosurgeon Shailesh Puntambekar, who will perform the surgery.
Though the surgery is being planned since months, doctors had to scramble for a last-minute permission from a district-level committee on Wednesday. “Since it is live donor uterine surgery, we have to seek permission from a committee at Sassoon Hospital in Pune. The committee holds meeting on the first and third Wednesday every month. Hence the last-minute scramble,” said Puntambekar.
The committee verified all documents of the donor and recipient’s and interviewed their relatives to establish relationships and consents. The panel also assessed whether the surgery is really indicated or validated.
Doctors have already extracted and cryo-preserved eight eggs (ovum) from the woman’s normally functioning ovary, which will be implanted in the transplanted uterus eight months after the complex surgery.
The immediate success of the surgery will be assessed after three weeks following multiple doppler and sonography studies to see whether the transplanted uterus has regular blood flow and functions normally.