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Question: fistula repair

 natzzz - Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:24 pm

Hi, i have just been refered to have an operation to repair vagina fistula repair in the perenium. i gave birth 6 months ago. what is this procedure & what is the recovery like? will this effect future pregnancy? any information on the topic much appreciated
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:22 am

User avatar Hello,
The details of the surgery depend upon the type of fistula but basically the surgeon will close the opening with sutures, sometimes using a skin flap "patch". This can be done laparascopically, abdominally, or through the vagina. There are always risks with surgery of any kind but this should heal well without complications in most cases. The time for healing will also vary with the individual and the procedure used. Usually an abdominal surgery requires a longer healing time with the muscle repair and six weeks is considered a normal recovery period, though you could feel fine much sooner.

Your body may repair itself faster or slower so it is hard to predict recovery time. Some people may also feel lingering pain of some kind - often due to scar tissue formation but there is no way to determine this in advance. The benefits of the procedure definitely outweigh the risks inherent in surgical procedures. Risks include the procedure not working, a new fistula could develop later, potential injury to other organs in the vicinity, and possible vaginal shortening (usually not a serious concern).

Good luck with the procedure and recovery. I'm sure it will help your quality of life immensely.

Best wishes.
 natzzz - Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:27 pm

will this effect future pregnancy? will i be able to have another vaginal delivery? thanks for the info

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