The world’s first baby was born from a transplanted womb implanted and with robotic assistance

The world’s first baby was born from a transplanted womb implanted and with robotic assistance

2023-06-07 00:13:00

Guided by surgeons from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, the first birth of a baby was performed using a transplanted uterus implanted in a robot. The baby was born by scheduled caesarean section at 38 weeks with a weight of 2,780 kg. Both the 35-year-old mother and newborn are in good condition.

The pregnancy was possible when a relative agreed to donate her uterus to the mother, who was then implanted with an IVF fertilized egg. This surgery, which is believed to reduce the risk of infection, bleeding and allows patients to return to their daily lives more quickly.

The transplant occurred in October 2021 at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital and ten months later, an embryo was created by IVF.

Weeks later the pregnancy was verified. The expectant mother felt well during the gestation process that concluded 38 weeks later with a planned caesarean section in May 2023, as confirmed by the Daily Mail.

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During surgery, the researchers began by removing the donor’s uterus, gradually cutting it free of the blood vessels, and extruding it through the vagina. Through small incisions in the side of the second patient next to the pelvis, and the uterus was implanted in them.

Specialists inserted cameras and robotic arms with attached surgical instruments into tiny entry holes located in the lower abdomen. It was the first time that robotic arms were used for this type of surgery.

The arms were operated via joysticks, while the surgeons used consoles to view 3D images of the interior of the patient simultaneously. This method is less invasive than the standard uterus transplant.

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Pernilla Dahm-Kähler, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, was the lead surgeon on the recipient’s complex operation. In dialogue with the Daily mail express: “With robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, we can perform ultra-fine precision surgery.”

Along the same lines, he added: “The technique provides very good access to operate deep in the pelvis. This is the surgery of the future, and we are proud and pleased that we have been able to develop uterine transplants at this minimally invasive technical level.”

For his part, Dr. Niclas Kvarnström, the transplant surgeon who performed the complicated suturing of the blood vessels in the recipient, added: “With the robotic-assisted technique, procedures can be performed that were previously considered impossible with standard minimally invasive surgery.”

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“It is a privilege to be part of the evolution in this field with the general objective of minimizing the trauma caused by surgery to the patient,” concluded the specialist.

Mats Brännström, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, and a gynecologist and senior consultant physician at the University Hospital reported that this child is the 14th baby born in the uterus transplant project at the Academy and anticipated that more births are expected this summer.

“The research project continuously evaluates numerous variables in donors, recipients, and children after uterine transplantation, monitoring the operation for several years afterward,” the doctor highlighted. And he concluded: “All this is done to maximize the effectiveness of the operation and minimize the side effects in patients.”

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