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World's largest uterus transplant program now offers more women the opportunity to achieve a pregnancy

Becoming a mother is a monumental moment. At Baylor Scott & White, we want all mothers to cherish the unique moments of their pregnancy and childbirth. For women with absolute uterine factor infertility, the uterus transplant program at Baylor University Medical Center offers this lifechanging moment by providing a solution to infertility due to the absence of a uterus. 

Baylor University Medical Center is now beginning to offer uterus transplant outside of a clinical trial, and has delivered more babies than any program in the world. It is also the first program in the U.S. to transplant uteri from both living and deceased donors. 

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Uterus transplant donor and recipient eligiblity

Recipient eligibility

Any woman with uterine factor infertility due to lack of the uterus (born without a uterus or lost the uterus in young age for a benign or malignant condition) or presence of a nonfunctioning uterus, is a potential candidate for uterus transplant.

  • Women with uterine factor infertility
  • Of childbearing age (20-40)
  • Cancer-free for five years
  • Healthy weight
  • Negative for HIV, hepatitis B and C
  • No history of diabetes
  • Non-smoker

Donor eligibility

Matching the recipient to a donor is done by blood type. A living donor can either be non-directed, unknown to the recipient, or directed, known to the recipient.

A uterus can be donated from either a living or deceased donor. A living uterus donor that has completed her own childbearing can give her uterus for the purpose of transplantation to a female recipient. A deceased uterus donor is a female that is willing to donate her uterus after death. A uterus transplant or donation is not for everyone, and there is an extensive screening process prior to acceptance to the program.

  • Ages 30-50
  • Healthy weight
  • Cancer-free for five years
  • Negative for HIV and hepatitis
  • No history of hypertension or diabetes

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Frequently asked questions

 

The first uterus transplants at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas occurred in September 2016. 14 months later, the world-renowned transplant center announced the first birth of a baby following a uterus transplant in the United States.

To date, more than a dozen babies have been born following uterus transplant at Baylor Dallas, which is now the world’s largest uterus transplant program. Several uterus transplant recipients are still in various stages of the reproductive pathway.

The recipient may have the option to keep the uterus for a second pregnancy. The physicians will consider the course of the first pregnancy and together with the mother, determine when and how to move forward safely toward a second pregnancy.

Uterus transplantation is not designed to be permanent. Because carrying foreign body tissue can increase infection risk and requires lifelong anti-rejection medication, women in this study will undergo a hysterectomy after one or two successful pregnancies.

Prior to the transplant, recipients must have high quality embryos achieved through IVF. After transplant surgery, the women will recover and may be ready to start embryo transfers as soon as 3-6 months. If embryo implantation is successful and the recipient becomes pregnant, she will be routinely monitored until her baby is delivered by cesarean section.

Patients do not have to be permanently located in Dallas. However, it will be necessary to be in Dallas for extended periods of time. For a full outline of the process and when patients must be located in Dallas, please see our Pathway to Uterus Transplant.

Transplant patients can choose to stay near the campus of Baylor University Medical Center at Home2 Suites by Hilton or Twice Blessed House-Dallas.

Home2 Suites by Hilton

Patients and families are eligible for a discounted rate for stays at this Home2 Suite location by​ making a reservation through the Baylor Dallas Make a Reservation link and using the Group Code 0002736773.

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Twice Blessed House-Dallas

Twice Blessed House is dedicated to serving pre- and post-transplant patients and their caregivers by providing a warm family atmosphere and amenities needed for daily living.

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Meet the uterus transplant team

Our program’s success is attributed to a multidisciplinary team of specialists in transplant, gynecology, obstetrics and maternal/fetal medicine who have remained committed to advancing the science of uterus transplantation for the benefit of the broader medical community and women with uterine factor infertility.

Dr. Giuliano Testa

Giuliano Testa, MD
Transplant Surgery

Chairman of Baylor Scott & White Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, Chief of Abdominal Transplant

Liza Johannesson, MD, PhD

Liza Johannesson, MD, PhD
Gynecologic Surgery

Medical Director of Uterus Transplant

Gregory J. McKenna, MD

Gregory J. McKenna, MD
Transplant Surgery

Johanna Bayer, MD

Johanna Bayer, MD
Transplant Surgery

Ann Marie Warren, PhD, ABPP-Rp

Ann Marie Warren, PhD, ABPP-Rp
Clinical Psychology

Kristin Posey Wallis, BSN, RNC

Kristin Posey Wallis, BSN, RNC
Nurse Coordinator

Heather Pirtle, BSN, RNC

Heather Pirtle, BSN, RNC
Nurse Coordinator

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