First Uterus Transplant in U.S. Bolsters Pregnancy Hopes of Many

36UTERINE-superJumboSurgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the first uterus transplant in the United States, the clinic announced Thursday.

The operation, which took nine hours, was performed Wednesday, using a uterus from a deceased organ donor.

The recipient, 26, is not being identified to protect her privacy. A statement from the clinic said that she was in stable condition Thursday afternoon.

The procedure’s purpose is to enable women born without a uterus, or who had theirs removed, to become pregnant and give birth. The patient will have to wait a year before trying to become pregnant, letting her heal and giving doctors time to adjust the doses of medication she needs to prevent organ rejection.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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