A vaginal fistula (passage or hole) is an abnormal tunnel between two organs. It is abnormal in that it should not exist and can create significant problems. In women, fistulas that involve the vagina and urinary tract can develop due to problems that arise during childbirth, injury, infection, and inflammation in the pelvic area.
A vaginal fistula is one that connects the vagina to another organ. This can include the bladder, colon or rectum. Several issues can be caused by each type of fistula that require treatment. The following types of vaginal fistulas can occur in women:
This will depend on the extent of the surgery required. If it is a simple closure of the fistula, your recovery will not take long although you may require a catheter for up to three weeks. If the surgery is more extensive, you may require more downtime to fully recovery.