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Fistulas

A vesicovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the bladder and the vagina. It can be caused by the body's reaction to recent pelvic surgery of various kinds, radiation treatment, cancer, or other conditions.

Symptoms of fistula

  • Incontinence
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Abnormal urine stream
  • Pain

Treating fistulas

  • You may be able to have a laparoscopic procedure, which involves very narrow instruments inserted into your abdomen through small incisions.
  • Your surgery may need to be done through the vagina.

Afterward

  • You will probably need a catheter (a tube that is placed through the urethra into the bladder to help you urinate) for about two weeks after the procedure.
  • We will give you antibiotics and medications to keep your bladder from going into spasms.
  • We recommend that you refrain from sexual intercourse for about six weeks.
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