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Types of Fistulas

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Types of fistulasWhat are the types of fistulas that most often occur after gynecological surgeries?


A fistula is an abnormal opening between the bladder and another organ or the skin. Fistulas usually occur during the healing process after a hysterectomy, infant delivery (vaginal or Cesarean), cancer operations, or radiation therapy. Predisposing conditions for fistula formation include previous surgery, diabetes, smoking, cancer, radiation or steroid use. The majority of the fistulas that occur in the United States are due to abdominal surgery (especially abdominal hysterectomies).

Here are some of the types of fistulas that can occur after gynecological surgeries or as a result of gynecological diseases:
  • Vesicovaginal Fistula (V.V.F.): An abnormal opening between the bladder (vesico) and the vagina.
  • Enterovesical Fistula: An abnormal opening or passage between the intestines and bladder.
  • Rectovaginal Fistula: An Abnormal opening between the rectum and the vagina
  • Cervical Fistula: An abnormal opening in the cervix.
  • Genital Tract to Skin Fistula: An abnormal opening between the genital tract and the skin.

If you suspect you have a fistula, call your doctor immediately. Fistulas can cause infections, and untreated fistulas can lead to greater complications.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-06-2011 - 04:43 AM


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