A fistula is an abnormal connection between two body parts, such as an organ or blood vessel and another structure that normally do not connect. There are many types of fistulas.
As a Urogynecologist in Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Jason Thompson commonly treats the following types of fistulas:
VESICOVAGINAL fistula: connection between the bladder and the vagina. This results in a continuous uncontrollable drainage of urine from the bladder into the vagina. It can be caused by the body’s reaction to recent pelvic surgery (hysterectomy), childbirth, and radiation exposure.
RECTOVAGINAL fistula: connection between the rectum and the vagina. This results in the passage of gas and possibly stool from the rectum into the vagina. This may occur after childbirth and may be associated with certain diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Common Symptoms of a Fistula:
Increase vaginal discharge
Abnormal urine stream
Nonsurgical treatment may be an option for some patients with this condition. For small vaginal fistulas, a catheter can sometimes be inserted to see if the fistula will repair itself. Small, uncomplicated rectovaginal fistulas can sometimes be treated with a plug that is placed in the rectum.
Vaginal fistulas are typically repaired surgically through the vagina.
A laparoscopic procedure, which involves very narrow instruments inserted into your abdomen through small incisions, may be recommended depending on the location and complexity of the fistula.
If you have symptoms of a fistula or have been referred by your doctor, please contact us to schedule a consultation.