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posted by martyb on Friday March 11 2016, @03:46PM   Printer-friendly
from the hard-to-take dept.

Two Soylentils wrote in about the failure of the United States' first attempted uterus transplant:

Uterine Transplant Fails

The Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, has embarked upon a programme of uterine transplantation, with surgeries planned on a total of ten patients. The first recipient, however, has suffered an unspecified "sudden complication" and the transplanted uterus, which was obtained from a cadaver, has been removed.

The first uterine transplant, which was unsuccessful, was performed in 1931. This was the first time the procedure had been attempted in the United States, where it is still considered experimental.

coverage:

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First Uterus Transplant in the U.S. Fails After Complication

The first ever attempted uterus transplant in the U.S. has failed after an unknown complication occurred:

The Cleveland Clinic says it has removed a transplanted uterus — the first-ever in the U.S. — after the patient suffered from a "sudden complication."

The clinic conducted the landmark operation in late February. As we reported, the procedure is intended to "open up another possible path to parenthood besides surrogacy or adoption for U.S. women who do not have a uterus, or who have a uterus that does not function."

The transplant was part of a study that the clinic says is meant to include 10 women with uterine factor infertility, meaning "they were born without a uterus, have lost their uterus, or have a uterus that no longer functions." The clinic says in a statement that the study will continue despite this setback.

The risky procedure takes into account the chance of the body rejecting the organ by including the administration of anti-rejection drugs throughout the years following the surgery as well as monthly cervical biopsies to check for organ rejection. In vitro fertilization is used to create embryos that will be implanted in the uterus. The transplant is intended to be temporary, and after the successful childbirth of one or two babies the transplanted uterus is either removed by a hysterectomy or allowed to disintegrate. Nine uterus transplants have taken place in Sweden, resulting in 5 pregnancies and 4 births.

Study about the first ever live birth following a uterus transplant: Livebirth after uterus transplantation (DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61728-1)


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Friday March 11 2016, @04:10PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 11 2016, @04:10PM (#317055) Journal

    Stuff happens to guys sometimes, making our junk useless. If something happened to mine, I can't really imagine having a doctor graft on some other person's junk. It's kinda creepy to even think about it.

    Is this something that women are cool with, or are we just looking at some outlier, trying to make a point?

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by draconx on Friday March 11 2016, @04:24PM

    by draconx (4649) on Friday March 11 2016, @04:24PM (#317059)

    Well, we've talked about penis transplants [soylentnews.org] on this site before.

    • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Friday March 11 2016, @08:13PM

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday March 11 2016, @08:13PM (#317135) Journal

      Well, we've talked about penis transplants on this site before.
       
      And nobody was going on about how unethical the idea was. Why the double-standard, Soylent?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 11 2016, @09:07PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 11 2016, @09:07PM (#317162)

        Can a penis get pregnant? Does a penis go around carrying a baby for 9 months, a baby that dies if the penis falls off? No? THERE YOU GO, FUCKWIT.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 11 2016, @05:22PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 11 2016, @05:22PM (#317081)

    Sorry there was a special on asians this week. But look on the bright side - you'll never get it caught in your zipper!

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday March 11 2016, @05:26PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Friday March 11 2016, @05:26PM (#317084) Journal

    Organs were meant to do work. If you can get a grown or transplanted replacement for a non-functional or missing organ, why not?

    Uterus != genitals. You aren't going to look down and notice it. I don't see why it would be "creepy".

    Say you do get a penis transplant. What's creepy about that? Spell it out for us, because your post is old-timey backwards thinking.

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    • (Score: 2) by Dunbal on Friday March 11 2016, @05:31PM

      by Dunbal (3515) on Friday March 11 2016, @05:31PM (#317086)

      Organs were meant to do work.

      I dunno about you, but my ass seems to be specially designed for sitting on! It refuses to work for me, it certainly isn't going to work for you...

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Friday March 11 2016, @07:40PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 11 2016, @07:40PM (#317126) Journal

      "reproductive organs" does indeed equal "reproductive organs". Or, near enough, bearing in mind that only the testes and the ovaries have comparable functions.

      Backward, ehhh? So, if you lost your testes, you would be cool with a transplant from - a brother? Just anyone? If so, whose children would you be fathering? Interesting idea, cuckolding yourself, voluntarily.

      On the other hand, transplanting a penis might be less creepy, if you get to keep your own testicles. In that case, you're just borrowing someone else's hose to deliver your own sperm.

      Whatever, it seems creepy to be using another person's reproductive organs. Going to the bother of replacing those organs only has one goal, after all - to reproduce. Assuming that all the other bits and pieces are in place, the woman can probably enjoy an active sex life, without the uterus, just a man can enjoy sex after a vasectomy.

      Maybe I am backward. If I'm going to invest all the money, time, and energy into raising a kid, I'd like to think that the kid is really mine. Investing in some other person's DNA is less appealing than extending my own family tree.

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      • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday March 11 2016, @09:04PM

        by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Friday March 11 2016, @09:04PM (#317158) Journal

        Eventually we will post a story about growing a new (longer) penis or a uterus from your own stem cells, for the purpose of transplantation.

        And someone will comment "waaah fertility research is a waste of money! only the rich benefit!!11". There's no pleasing the crowd.

        As for the testes thing, the penis transplant guy I heard of fathered his own child, so testes weren't involved. I doubt that a donor testicle transplant would even work, or would keep producing another man's sperm. That would be funny though.

        This uterus transplant technique would be greatly enhanced by lab-grown organs. It's not like these transplant are going to routinely fail because of surgical complications. It's the rejection and need for anti-rejection drugs that is the main obstacle, and yet women have still had children with these temporary uteruses.

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        • (Score: 2) by butthurt on Friday March 11 2016, @10:42PM

          by butthurt (6141) on Friday March 11 2016, @10:42PM (#317211) Journal

          I found a Web page about testicular transplantation [altpenis.com]. It says the first (unsuccessful) attempt on a human was in 1911, then the procedure became widespread in the 1920s, with questionable results, and really took off when a doctor named Serge Voronoff [wikipedia.org] started implanting bits of testicular tissue from chimpanzees into humans. For some reason [nih.gov], the surgery fell out of favour [wikimedia.org]. Then in 1977, a testicular transplant was done between identical twins by someone called Sherman Silber [wikipedia.org], and resulted in four children. Wikipedia erroneously credits Silber with "the world's first ovary and testicle transplants."