Recto-Vaginal and Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Treatment

What Is a Fistula?

A fistula is a connection — a tunnel or a passageway — between two organs that are not normally connected. In the case of a recto-vaginal fistula, the abnormal connection is between the rectum and vagina. A vesico-vaginal fistula is a type of genitourinary fistula, an abnormal connection between the bladder and the vagina.

Fistulas may be caused by trauma during childbirth, radiation or malignancies.

Some symptoms of fistulas may include excessive stools and urine coming from the vagina.

Treatment of Fistulas

Fistulas are complex conditions and must be treated by expert physicians who are trained in advanced pelvic floor surgery.

Our team of urogynecologists often collaborates with colorectal surgeons and uses a variety of surgical techniques to repair fistulas.

For More Information

For more information about pelvic floor disorders and incontinence, including definitions of terms, causes, symptoms, diagnoses and treatments, visit our Educational Resources page.