Eleanor Friele
Eleanor R. Friele, M.D.

Eleanor R. Friele, M.D.

Eleanor R. Friele, M.D.

Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Robotic Surgery

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Abnormal Pap Smears, Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy (Laparoscopic), Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy (Robotic), Birth Control, Birth Defects, Bladder Problems, Bladder Suspension (Laparoscopic), Bloodless Surgery, Cervical Cap Fitting, Cervical Polyps, Cervix Dysplasia, Colposcopy, Cystometrics, Dysplasia, Endometrial Ablation, Endometrial Bx & Aspiration, Endometriosis, Enterocele, Family Planning, Female Recurrent UTI, Gynecological Surgery, Gynecological Surgery (Robotic), Gynecology, Hysterectomy, Hysterectomy (Laparascopic Supracervical), Hysterectomy (Robotic), Hysterectomy Total (Laparascopic), Hysterectomy Vaginal (Laparoscopic-assisted), Hysteroscopic Ablation, Hysteroscopic Adhesiolysis, Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopy, Loop Electrical Excisional Procedure, Low-Risk Childbirth, Menstrual Disorders, Menstrual Disorders/Athletes, Menstrual Migraines, Multiple Pregnancy, Obstetrics, Ovarian Cyst Removal, Pelvic Floor Problems, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Prolapse, Pelvic Relaxation Surgery, Pelvic Support Problems, Pelvic Surgery, Pelviscopy, Post-Menopause, Preconception Counseling, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, Prolapse, Rectocele, Sexual Difficulties, Sexual Dysfunction - Female, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sterilization, Stress Incontinence (Females), Supracervical Hysterectomy - Laparoscopic, Surgery, Teen Pregnancy, Tubals (Laparoscopic), Urinary Incontinence, Urinary Tract Infections, Urogynecology, Uterine Anomalies, Uterine Artery Embolization (Fibroids), Uterine Myomata, Vaginal Birth after Caesarean, Vaginal Hysterectomy, Vaginal Sling Procedure, Vaginal Surgery, Vulvar Disease, Women's Health

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Payment Methods Accepted:

Bill Insurance, VISA, Master Card, Cash, Check

Insurance Accepted:

America's Health Plan, Community Health Plan of Washington, DSHS/Medicaid, First Health, Group Health (limited specialties - call for information), Great West Life (One Health Plan of WA), Health Net Federal Services (CHAMPUS), Indian Health Services, Labor & Industries, Medicare, Managed Health Network, Pacificare of Washington, Private Healthcare Systems, Uniform Medical Plan (WA St Health), Value Behavioral Health, Aetna (All Product Lines), BCE Emergis, Champus/Tricare (Health Net Federal Services), ChoiceCare Network (Humana), Formost, Holland America Line Westours, Molina Healthcare of WA, NorthwestOne, One Health Plan of WA, Premera Blue Cross (All Product Lines), Regence Blue Shield (All Product Lines), StayWell Insurance (Guam), United Networks (United Healthcare), USC Health Services, Van Hall Health, CIGNA Behavioral Health (MCC Behavioral Health), Magellan (Includes Greenspring), United Behavioral Health (US Behavioral Health), First Choice Health Network, United Payors & Providers, Pro-America, Pacific Medical Centers

Additional Information:

Internship: University of California, Irvine, CA


Dr. Friele was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine (2013)

Physicians, nurses and physician assistants in King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties nominated colleagues they would choose to treat themselves and their loved ones.

News Release

Philosophy of Care

I was drawn to OB/GYN due to the unique care issues for women from puberty through menopause. While I enjoy challenging surgery, especially laparoscopic and vaginal approaches, I will endever to find a nonsurgical approach whenever appropriate. In OB the goal is to keep the pregnancy low-risk, but my experience with both high- and low-risk OB, allows me to deal with difficult pregnancies with confidence.

Personal Interests

I am a long time Northwest resident. I am married with two sons. I enjoy gardening, skiing, and reading.

Medical School

University of Washington, WA


Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, CA

Board Certifications

Obstetrics and Gynecology


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Professional Associations:

American College of OBG, Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons

Additional Information:

Internship: University of California, Irvine, CA


Dr. Friele was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine (2013)

Physicians, nurses and physician assistants in King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties nominated colleagues they would choose to treat themselves and their loved ones.

News Release

4 alternatives to a hysterectomy

There are many reasons women need a hysterectomy.

Some of the most common are:

  • Heavy periods that are not controlled on hormones or an inability to take hormones to control the period.
  • Large fibroids that press on the bladder or the bowel, or are so large they can be felt on the abdomen.
  • Endometriosis (usually if this is requiring a hysterectomy it is due to both pain and bleeding).
There are several treatments to avoid hysterectomy:

  • Uterine artery embolization where microscopic plastic beads are inserted into the uterine arteries to block the majority of blood flow to the uterus.  This causes the uterus to slowly shrink in size.  The uterus may decrease to half of its normal size within 2-3 years.  Initially there is a lot of inflammation of the uterus as it loses its blood supply.  The pain associated with this will usually require ibuprofen and narcotics.  Most women stay in the hospital for overnight, and it is usually about 2 weeks before you are feeling well enough to resume normal activities.
  • Myomectomy, a surgical removal of the fibroids.  There are two ...

My experience with female urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse

I am an OB/GYN who has been in practice now for 20 years in Seattle. My early training had a strong emphasis on vaginal reconstructive surgery, but I was always frustrated with our poor success rate in repair of pelvic prolapsed and urinary incontinence. As my practice has evolved I have continued to focus on urinary incontinence and new techniques for treating pelvic prolapse. In the recent years there have been some very exciting new changes.

Urinary incontinence in women

Many women are bothered by urinary incontinence. Recent studies have shown that this is worse if you have had a vaginal delivery, but some of women have either wide pelvic openings or poor tissue elasticity that can lead to this without ever having had a vaginal delivery. This is an embarrassing problem and can be very inconvenient, with many women carrying a change of clothes or wearing daily pads. In the elderly this can lead to slips or falls and even broken hips. For women who have had children, this may keep them from exercising or playing with their children for fear of leakage. Many women suffer in silence because this is too embarrassing to share even with their doctors.

Today we have several ways ....

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