Heidi Brown, MD, UW Health Gynecology

>>Heidi Brown: The field
of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery is a
subspecialty field within obstetrics and gynecology, and also within urology. So we have a very unique focus where
we combine sort of two specialties to provide this focused care
for the pelvic floor. And urnigynecology specifically for female pelvic medicine
reconstructive surgery is the only field that combines disorders of the bladder,
the vagina and the rectum and anus. So we’re really dealing with this whole
bowl of muscles of the pelvic floor whereas if you just see a gastroenterologist, they’re
only going to deal with the GI part of things. So we have a unique expertise in all of the
systems that are going on in the pelvic floor. This is all we do. We’re not dealing with menopause, we’re not dealing wit skin
changes of the external genitalia. All we do is prolapse, incontinence and
female pelvic reconstructive issues. The vast majority of the surgeries that
we do are done on an outpatient basis, meaning that women come in on the morning of
surgery, have a surgery that lasts an hour or two, recover for an hour or
two and are home by the afternoon. There are some women who have been so
devastated by their pelvic floor disorders that they’re no longer going shopping,
they’re no longer playing bridge with their friends, they’re
no longer going running. They’ve eliminated so many activities from
their lives and then they come in and see us and we get them on a treatment regiment that
works, and then they come back and they say, “Oh my God, I wish I saw you ten years ago. It’s like I have my life back.” And it’s — that’s the best part of what we do.

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