Infertile females may soon kiss their worries goodbye. They can get ready for uterus implants in the United States.
It is a recent act of medical advancement. Six doctors were removing organs from a female patient. The kidneys had been taken out. Then came another organ that we normally don’t see being removed from its context in the human body. This was – believe it or not – the uterus. As the surgeon held it in his hand, medical science had just taken a giant step in a new direction.
Within the next couple of months, Cleveland Clinic surgeons in the United States hope to implant a uterus into a woman who is infertile, reported NYTimes. This will result in her being able to conceive a baby. Here is a fine example of science coming to the rescue in the nick of time.
The long list of those females who want a uterus implant include many who were born without one. This is an anomaly and some have had damage inflicted on their uterus while others had it removed a long time ago.
By the way, the transplants are a temporary phenomenon and they can be removed via surgery after the recipient females has had their fair share of babies.
This is a new trend in the world of medicine. It lies on the forefront of medical procedures that are known for their boldness and audacity. And it pushes the envelope both ethically and physically. Whether this is something humankind would like to go into is another question altogether. A combination of reproductive science and transplant surgery, the fruits of this new field are yet to come to light.
Almost 50,000 women are potential recipients for a uterus transplant in the United States. But since this is nascent biotechnology, there lie health hazards along the way. There are first of all the risks of major surgery.
Then anti-rejection drugs pose another danger. Any pregnancies that do occur sometime in the future will be highly precarious in nature. The chances of a miscarriage are very high. Already eight women have been selected for the screening process.
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It remains to be seen how these preliminary tests go. If all goes well then more females can jump on the bandwagon. Otherwise the procedure will have to be fine-tuned even further before it is feasible.