Pune: Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI) officials have started a uterus transplant outpatient department (OPD) centre to address the rising number of patients coming to seek treatment with uterus-related problems.
The first uterus transplant was done on May 18 on a 21-year-old woman from Salpur followed by the second transplant on May 19 on a 24-year-old woman from Baroda who suffers from Asherman’s Syndrome. The success of the first two uterus transplants has flooded the Pune hospital with requests for this transplant.
Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, Medical Director of Galaxy Care, the surgeon who performed the first womb transplant in the country, said they have been flooded with requests from women who have been suffering uterus-related problems.
“In some cases the uterus is absent while in some cases it has been removed due to problems in pregnancy or some other diseases. A team of four doctors will be available at the centre to consult the patients with the best treatment. This centre will be open every Wednesday from 12 noon to 3 pm,” said Dr Puntambekar. He added that in all cases uterus transplant would not be required and hence a team of doctors has been appointed at the centre to help patients.
“The hospital has received appointments from foreigners who have shown a keen interest in visiting the hospital for availing this opportunity. We had patients from Nigeria while two patients from London are expected to visit the hospital in this week. While accepting foreign patients we have to check the law and hence we cannot admit all,” added Dr Puntambekar.
Officials at the hospital said they were flooded with 75 women interested in undergoing this transplant. These 75 patients have already visited the hospital while 150 more have registered for appointments.”
To address this increasing number of inquiries from patients, the hospital authorities have opened the ‘Out Patient Department centre’. Dr Puntambekar said the hospital has received a licence from the State Health Department for carrying out uterus transplants for five years. “The law is clear and these durgeries can only be performed on married women less than 35 years of age and who do not want surrogacy,” he said.