Pune: City-based Galaxy Care Hospital on Friday performed a successful uterine transplant.
With this, the hospital has to its credit the first three successful uterine transplants in the country, including the first two which were done last year.
At a press meet on Saturday, Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, Director of Galaxy Care Hospital said the surgery took six hours.
“For the first surgery we took 11 hours and for the second, 10. We have reduced the time needed for the surgery and I think this is the shortest time in the world in which this surgery was done,” said Dr Puntambekar.
The woman who received the uterus is from Karnataka and her mother agreed to donate the uterus. “This woman is married for five years and she doesn’t have a uterus since birth.
“Her mother was not getting her menses for last two years. But with medicines which we have been giving for last six months, she started menstruating,” said Dr Puntambekar.
He said the next two patients who will undergo this transplant in the coming days are from Dubai and Qatar.
“We are exploring options for getting approval for foreign patients. The first two women that underwent the transplants have also undergone embryo transfer. In ten days we will get to know if they can conceive or not,” said Dr Puntamberkar about the first two transplants that happened last year.