Surgeons 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.