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VVF What is it caused by? VVF What is it caused by?

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Unread 05-25-2003, 03:04 PM
VVF What is it caused by?

Just wondering.. what is the cause of a vescio-vaginal fistula?
Is it something that is common after a hysterectomy or what?
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Unread 05-25-2003, 03:33 PM
VVF What is it caused by?

Vesico vaginal fistulas are more common when a person has had radiation treatment. They can spring leaks everywhere. When they do surgery near your bladder it can be nicked or a suture can catch it & then a breakdown can occur such as a fistula. My gyn suspected a fistula day after tah/bso but tests came back as OK. My bladder was not responding that first night. I had a lot of endometriosis & adenomyosis attached to my bladder plus I had a cyst on my left ovary burst on removal & he had a heck of a time cleaning that up. However my fistula didn't form until 15 days post op. When I had my fistula repair surgeries they were a waste of time because my bladder is not repairable. I did not know that until just last week. The surgery I was supposed to have had last week was to remove a muscle in my leg to patch my bladder but I canceled. Didn't feel like being a guinee pig for my uro.

Unread 05-25-2003, 03:44 PM
VVF What is it caused by?

PS Maddy,

I better stress that I am not a dr or an expert so always ask your own physician these questions. No 2 bodies are alike & your dr knows you best. I just quoted things I have read.
Have a nice Memorial Day!
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Unread 05-25-2003, 05:20 PM
Thanks, Terry

Well, I appreciate you writing back. Where can I find out more about VVF's? Is it a common complication? I heard that it is most commonly caused by the surgeon nicking your bladder during surgery.. UGH! Only I found this out 2 weeks AFTER my op.
Thanks again,
Unread 05-25-2003, 06:07 PM
VVF What is it caused by?

Hi Maddy

There are different causes for VVF- which I am sure you are aware of. The most common as Terry said is radiation, but also nickes and cutting during hyster surgery is a close second. You can do a search on this site for fistula's and also on e-medicine.com is very informative. There are way to many of us with this problem and it is never addressed before surgery- it just "happened" to happen to me unfortunately.

There are risks with any surgery, but until you are one of the "chosen few" who happen to develop something you never here about it- so it does happen and it has happened alot to sisters here.

Don't feel alone by any means because sister- you are not!!


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