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Unread 03-17-2004, 07:17 AM

I'm almost four months post-op.

I apparently have a vaginal fistula, not vesico-vaginal, not rectovaginal.

At 6 weeks post-op a small was found, at 10 weeks my surgeon couldn't find the hole. I've had two silver nitrate treatments.

Bath water (approx 1 tablespoon) is entering my abdomen and coming out anywhere from 15-80 minutes after my bath. It's clear and always has a center color that reflects my vaginal secretions.

This isn't happening every time I take a bath, apparently only when I lay down in the tub.

My surgeon is a HIGHLY respected in his field. We're taking the wait and see approach. At this point I know the hole is still there, it’s probably not going to heal on its own. I'm going to wait 2-3 weeks as advised, but then I'm going to request some kind of test to prove it's still there and its location.

I can't find much info on this type of fistula. I'm just looking for some feed back.

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Unread 03-17-2004, 06:40 PM

Hi Renee..

As a vesicovaginal fistula sister, my bladder had to be repaired and my vaginal cuff also had to be re-stitched (partially). This was due to the channel that had been made when the doctor stitched through my bladder while sewing up the vaginal cuff.

If you have a vaginal fistula, I would take that to mean that you don't have any bladder damage, but just that the cuff would need stitching? I'm not sure on that, but it sounds like that's what it means. (I'm not a medical person..obviously, eh?) But..if that is correct, and if it did have to be repaired surgically, that'd likely be a vaginal repair like what I had, I think.

Anyway, if that's the case, don't worry too much about the vaginal repair. Mine wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it'd be, and I had NO pain. I did wear a cath for a couple weeks to let my bladder rest, but you wouldn't likely even need a cath, as your bladder is a-o-k, right?

I hope it heals on it's own though & you're in my prayers for that!!
Unread 03-18-2004, 09:30 AM

Hi Renee,

My name is Renee and I'm a recover(ed) fistula sister....

Mine was a VVF and was repaired abdominally. I was cath'd for four months and had many complications.....but that was over a year ago now and I'm still up and down about this "complication."

You are in my thoughts and I hope you get some answers soon.

Renee<in CA>
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Unread 03-19-2004, 10:35 PM

Wow - Renee -

I've had developed several fistula's following my hysterectomy. Intestinal/bladder/vaginal. In all my research on the subject of vaginal fistula's in the past two years - I've never heard of the kind that you are experiencing.

Keep us posted on your progress - I'd love to know how it will be resolved.

Hang in there and take care.


Unread 03-20-2004, 07:17 AM

Thanks to all that responded!

My situation doesn't even compare to Vesico-Vaginal Fistula or Rectovaginal Fistula.

I just found out that this may require an additional surgery to correct it; I was naive to think that it could be corrected vaginally.

I’ll just count my blessings.

Thanks again.

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