Could Transwoman Be Implanted With Artificial Uterus?


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday March 18, 2015

Dramatic breakthroughs in medical science could change the transgender world as we know it. A recent uterine transplant at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, together with in vitro fertilization, resulted in the birth of a healthy and fully developed child, carried to term by its birth mother. The procedure, initially developed to aid infertile women, may one day be applicable for male-to-female transgender women as well.

"Transgender people feel that they were born into the wrong body. Until now, transgender surgeons could give them the physical characteristics of their gender, but they could not reproduce," said transgender surgery pioneer, Dr. Sherman Leis. "Thanks to this breakthrough in uterine transplant surgery, male-to-female transgender women will one day soon be able to enjoy the ultimate female experience -- that of giving birth to one's own child."

According to Dr. Sherman Leis, founder of the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery and a pioneer in surgical techniques for transgender men and women, "The brilliance of this scientific work and clinical trials in Sweden is that the uterus is being implanted in a way that does not require it being connected to the recipient's Fallopian tubes or ovaries, which obviously a MTF patient does not have."

Dr. Leis also noted that although there are always risks with surgery of any kind, the risks involved in a uterus transplant for the donor are more or less the same as those associated with a regular hysterectomy, which is a fairly common procedure. Added considerations for the recipient, however, are more complex, as vascular connections must be accomplished, as well as management of the immune system in order to prevent organ rejection similar to other organ transplants.

Dr. Sherman Leis is one of the world's pre-eminent transgender surgeons and founder of The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, in Bala Cynwyd, PA. It is recognized as one of the leading facilities in the world specializing in gender reassignment surgery.

The Center was founded to be a single source of information and expertise in medical care for the transgender. The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery offers a uniquely supportive environment where one can connect with Dr. Leis' surgical and non-surgical team of dedicated specialists -- surgeons, psychologists, endocrinologists, aestheticians, speech therapists, legal experts, and others.

The Philadelphia Center For Transgender Surgery is located in suburban Philadelphia at 19 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

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