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I am one of 3 Urogynecologists at MGH. Our Division provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment (non-surgical and surgical) for female pelvic floor problems, ie, pelvic organ prolapse and bladder control problems.
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Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA: AB 1978, Biology Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA: MA 1983, Biology Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ, Cleveland, OH: MD: 1983 OB/GYN residency: Univ of Calif at San Diego; 1983-1987May Wakamatsu, MD, joined Mass General Hospital in 1990. She trained in Urogynecology (now called Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery) under the guidance of the late David Nichols, MD. She is board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Wakamatsu evaluates and treat patients with a complex pelvic floor disorders including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, which can include uterine prolapse, vaginal vault prolapse, anterior vaginal wall prolapse (cystocele) and posterior vaginal wall prolapse (rectocele). She also sees patients with mesh-related complications (mesh erosion, mesh exposure), urogenital fistula and other pelvic floor issues.She is a member of the Mass General Pelvic Floor Disorders Service, a multidisciplinary group comprised of pelvic reconstructive surgeons, colorectal surgeons, urologists, gastroenterologists and physical therapists. The service provides surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, including minimally-invasive surgeries such as vaginal, laparoscopic and/or robotic assisted surgeries. She holds regular conferences to discuss patients with complex and combined pelvic floor disorders.Dr. Wakamatsu sees patients at Mass General Hospital Boston, Yawkey Center, suite 4E, Mass General Waltham and Mass General Danvers.
My research interests are in trying to determine ways of preventing pelvic organ prolapse and bladder control problems and in determining the most effective and durable surgical procedures for these conditions.Alperin M, Abrahams-Gessel S, Wakamatsu MM. Development of de novo urge incontinence in women post sling: the role of preoperative urodynamics in assessing the risk. Neurourol Urodyn 2008;27(5):407-11.Wakamatsu MM. An unspeakable affliction. Newsweek. 2004 May 10;143(19):74,77.Wakamatsu MM. What affects bladder function more: menopause or age? Menopause. 2003 May-Jun;10(3);191-2.Zarins B. Moncure A, Wakamatsu MM. Management of severe lower abdominal or inguinal pain in high-performance athletes. Am J Sports Med 2000 Jul-Aug;28(4):616-7.Veronikis DK, Nichols DH, Wakamatsu MM. The incidence of low-pressure urethra as a function of prolapse-reducing technique in patients with massive pelvic organ prolapse (maximum descent at all vaginal sites). Am J Obstet Gynecol 1997 Dec;177(6):1305-13.
Selected publications include:Alperin M, Abrahams-Gessel S, Wakamatsu MM. Development of de novo urge incontinence in women post sling: the role of preoperative urodynamics in assessing the risk. Neurourol Urodyn 2008;27(5):407-11.Wakamatsu MM. What affects bladder function more: menopause or age? Menopause. 2003 May-Jun;10(3);191-2. Veronikis DK, Nichols DH, Wakamatsu MM. The incidence of low-pressure urethra as a function of prolapse-reducing technique in patients with massive pelvic organ prolapse (maximum descent at all vaginal sites). Am J Obstet Gynecol 1997 Dec;177(6):1305-13.Pulliam SJ, Weinstein MM, Wakamatsu MM. Minimally invasive apical sacropexy: a retrospective review of laparoscopic and robotic operating room experiences. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2012 Mar-Apr;18(2):122-6.Lau T, Weinstein M, Wakamatsu M, Macklin EA, Pulliam S. Low back pain does not improve with surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. Int Urogynecol J. 2013 Jan;24(1):147-53.Hicks CW, Weinstein MM, Wakamatsu M, Savitt L, Pulliam S, Bordeianou L. In patients with rectoceles and obstructed defecation syndrome, surgery should be the option of last resort. Surgery. 2014 Apr; 155(4):659-67.
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May Wakamatsu, MD, director of the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses the various ways the service can help women with pelvic floor problems return to a normal lifestyle.
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