Vaginal repair of vesico-vaginal fistulas: Our experience

Francesco Catanzaro, Marco Pizzoccaro, Francesco Cappellano, Mario Catanzaro, Giovanni Ciotti, Alessandro Giollo

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Vesico-vaginal fistula repair is feasible both with abdominal and vaginal approach. We report our experience in vaginal repair of 34 vesico vaginal fistulas. Twenty-eight out of 34 fistulas have been treated by vaginal repair (82.3%) (in 2 cases after an attempt of endoscopic repair), 4/34 (11.8%) by abdominal repair and 4/34 (11.8%) by endoscopic repair with good outcome in 2 cases. In 96% of fistulas treated by vaginal repair (27/28) we obtained a complete recovery; in one patient we observed fistula recurrence after 2 months from the operation. Four patients were treated by abdominal approach: in two complex patients with vesico-uretero-vaginal fistula, the repair was associated with entero-cystoplasty and ureteral reimplatation; in one case of huge fistula following cesarean section (7 cm) a vesical flap was used; in one case we repaired a recurrent fistula in orthotopic ileal neobladder. A good outcome was achieved in all cases. Vaginal approach is less aggressive, well accepted by patients and can lead to lower legal issues. Abdominal surgery is mandatory in complex situations, when the fistola is big (> 4cm) or when ureteral orifices are involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-225
Number of pages2
JournalArchivio Italiano di Urologia e Andrologia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005


  • Repair
  • Vesico-vaginal fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Urology


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