The University of Gothenburg is reporting the first birth of an infant following robot-assisted uterine transplant as part of its research programme on uterine transplantation at its Sahlgrenska Academy.
The infant, weighing 2,900 g and measuring 48 cm in length, was born via planned caesarean section on Monday (08 April) at 36 weeks gestation.
The mother had undergone uterine transplantation in October 2017. The donor, the recipient’s mother, was operated with robot-assisted keyhole surgery and the uterus was transplanted into the recipient via open surgery. The researchers anticipate that in the future, they will also be able to transplant the uterus in the recipient using robot-assisted keyhole technique.
The infant is the ninth to be born in Sweden following a uterus transplant and first in what the researchers call ‘the Robot Project’. “This is an extremely important step towards developing the surgery involved in uterine transplantation, and its safety,” said Mats Brännström, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sahlgrenska Academy, who is leading the research there. “For the first time, we’re showing that the less invasive robot-assisted surgical technique is practicable.”
To date, a total of 15 babies worldwide have been born from a transplanted uterus.