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May M. (May) Wakamatsu, MD

Director, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

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.

  • Phone: 617-724-6850
Departments
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinical Interests
Pelvic reconstructive surgery
Urogynecology
Pelvic organ prolapse/relaxation
Uterine prolapse
Cystocele
rectocele
Urinary incontinence
Vaginal prolapse
Overactive bladder
Bladder botox injections
Urogenital fistula
Vesicovaginal fistula
Rectovaginal fistula
Colovaginal fistula
Urethral diverticulum
Locations
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Waltham: Mass General West
Medical Education
MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency, University of California San Diego
Board Certifications
Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gender
Female
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Patient Age Group
Adult
Accepting New Patients
Yes

Biography

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA: A.B. 1978, Biology
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA: M.A. 1983, Biology
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ, Cleveland, OH: M.D.: 1983
OB/GYN residency: Univ of Calif at San Diego; 1983-1987

May 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 West in Waltham and Mass General Danvers.

Research

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.

PublicationsSelected 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.

May Wakamatsu, MD, discusses pelvic floor conditions and treatments

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.

There is life after a pelvic floor disorder

Nearly one-third of American women have one or more pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence or pelvic-organ prolapse. The Pelvic Floor Disorders Service at Mass General offers expert care and helps bring lasting relief to those suffering from a pelvic floor disorder.

Pelvic floor disorders: What you should know

Nearly one in three American women has one or more pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. The Pelvic Floor Disorders Service at Mass General offers a range of non-surgical and surgical options for treatment.

Coordinated care offers freedom from pelvic floor disorders

With the help of coordinated, multidisciplinary care provided by physicians in the MGH Pelvic Floor Disorder Service, 39-year-old patient Nicole Ortuno is once again living a normal, healthy life.

Gynecology Dept-Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery & Urogynecolgy
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-6850
Phone 2: 617-724-2183
Fax: 617-724-5843

Mass General West-OB/GYN
40 Second Street
Waltham, MA 02451

Phone: 781-487-3860
Fax: 781-487-3850

Mass General OB/GYN at Mass General/North Shore Center
104 Endicott Street
Suite 304
Danvers, MA 01923-3623

Phone: 978-882-6767
Fax: 978-882-6775