See pictures of a vesicovaginal fistula and a rectovaginal fistula. A vaginal fistula starts with some kind of tissue damage. After days to years of tissue breakdown, a fistula opens up. In areas where women have no health care nearby, vaginal fistulas are much more common. After days of pushing a baby that does not fit through the birth canal, very young mothers can have severe vaginal, bladder, or rectal damage, sometimes causing fistulas. A vaginal fistula is usually painless.
Jump to navigation. What is a rectovaginal fistula? A rectovaginal fistula is a medical condition where there is a fistula or abnormal connection between the rectum and the vagina. Although generally uncommon, rectovaginal fistulas may be extremely debilitating. If the fistula is wide it will allow both gas and stool to escape from the rectum into the vagina, leading to fecal incontinence.
A case of rectovesical fistula after laparoscopy assisted vaginal hysterectomy. Vesicovaginal fistulas are a most common complication accompanied by gynecologic surgeries, but other types of fistulas rarely occur. Especially rectovesical fistulas arising post-operative complication occur in extremely lower possibility and very few cases have been reported in the world.
At Mount Sinai, our fistula experts are second to none in terms of surgical experience, patient care, and supportive services. We take a multidisciplinary and individualized approach to fistula care. A vaginal fistula is an abnormal opening between your vagina to another organ, such as the bladder, rectum, urethra, ureters, or the small or large intestine. Fistulas develop for a variety of reasons including childbirth, surgical complications, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic cancers, and radiation treatment.