World's first birth following robotic-assisted uterus transplant

The child was born after a uterus transplant performed exclusively using robotic laparoscopic surgery, without open surgery.

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A healthy baby boy, measuring 49 centimeters tall and weighing 3,100 grams, was born by planned caesarean section on Thursday, May 25, 2023. The new mother is 35 years old; a relative of the woman became a uterus donor. All participants in this experiment feel well.

Robotic surgery is significantly less invasive than traditional open surgery. With robotic surgery, the risks of infection and bleeding are lower, and patients get back on their feet faster.

The method involves inserting cameras and robotic arms with surgical instruments attached to them through small entry holes in the lower abdomen. Surgeons then control the robotic arms using joystick-like instruments on consoles, where they can simultaneously view mobile 3D images and work with high precision.

The transplant was carried out by Swedish scientists from the University of Gothenburg in October 2021. The donor's uterus was released in stages using robotic surgery. The uterus was then inserted into the expectant mother's pelvis through a small incision, then sutured to the vagina and supporting tissue.

Ten months later, an embryo created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) was placed in the transplanted uterus, and a few weeks later pregnancy was confirmed. The expectant mother felt well throughout the pregnancy, which ended with a planned cesarean section at 38 weeks.