Urogynecology

  Innovative therapies for pelvic floor disorders - Blair Washington, MD on New Day
  Blair Washington, MD, MHA, and her patient Maria Lindberg discuss innovative therapies for pelvic floor disorders on New Day Northwest.

Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery is a rapidly growing subspecialty focused on the clinical and surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders. The pelvic floor includes muscles, ligaments and connective tissue at the bottom of the pelvis that support the abdominal and pelvic organs including bowel, the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. Pelvic floor problems develop when there is damage or weakness to these muscles, ligaments or connective tissue. Approximately 25 percent of women in the U.S. have a pelvic floor disorder and 1 in 5 women in the U.S. will have surgery.

Urogynecology is a recognized subspecialty of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology.

Blair Washington, MD, MHA, is a board-certified urogynecologist in Seattle, WA. She works in collaboration with general gynecologists, female urologists, gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, pelvic floor physical therapists and other providers in order to provide specialized clinical and surgical care for patients with pelvic floor disorders.

Dr. Washington obtained her medical training in obstetrics and gynecology, and then pursued a three-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She has extensive experience in non-surgical and surgical management of female pelvic floor disorders. If a surgical approach is selected, Dr. Washington has expertise in vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic procedures, that help women return to healthy active lifestyles.

Virginia Mason offers urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery services for:

  • Pelvic organ prolapse (descent of pelvic organs; a bulge and/or pressure; dropped uterus, bladder, vagina or rectum)
  • Urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control resulting in the leakage or urine)
  • Overactive bladder (difficulty holding back urine when you have the urge to urinate)
  • Fecal incontinence (loss of bowel control resulting in the leakage of stool)
  • Urethral masses and urethral diverticulum
  • Fistulas (abnormal holes between the vagina and rectum, vagina and urethra, or vagina and bladder)
  • Emptying disorders (difficulty urinating or having a bowel movement when you want to)
  • Complications related to prior surgery in the pelvic floor
  • Complications related to mesh surgeries for incontinence and prolapse
  • Vaginal reconstruction

Let our specialists help you find the right treatment for your pelvic floor disorder. For more information about the urogynecology services offered at Virginia Mason in Seattle, contact Dr. Washington’s office by calling (206) 223-6191.