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Rectovaginal Fistula

A rectovaginal fistula is a medical condition where an abnormal connection develops between the rectum and the vagina. This condition can cause fecal matter to pass through the vagina and can lead to infections, discomfort, and social stigma.

Medical illustration of Rectovaginal Fistula, showing an abnormal connection between the rectum and vagina.
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Risk Factors
Prevention

Symptoms of Rectovaginal Fistula

The primary symptom of rectovaginal fistula is the passage of fecal matter or gas through the vagina. Patients may also experience vaginal discharge with a foul odor, pain during sex, and recurrent vaginal or urinary tract infections.

Diagnosis of Rectovaginal Fistula

A rectovaginal fistula diagnosis may involve a physical examination, imaging tests, and a thorough medical history review. Additional diagnostic tests, such as colonoscopy or endoscopy, may be necessary to rule out other medical conditions.

Risk factors for Rectovaginal Fistula

Several factors can increase the likelihood of developing a rectovaginal fistula, including childbirth injuries, pelvic radiation, Crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer.

Prevention for Rectovaginal Fistula

Prevention of rectovaginal fistulas involves proper management of underlying medical conditions such as Crohn's disease or cancer. Minimizing trauma during childbirth through proper prenatal care and delivery management can also help prevent this condition.

Treating Rectovaginal Fistula

The best treatment for rectovaginal fistula depends on the severity of the condition. Initial management may include the use of stool softeners, antibiotics, and sitz baths. Surgery is almost always necessary and it involves closing the fistula tract, repairing the rectal and vaginal walls, and sometimes using a muscle flap.

Why Choose Dr. Marines for Rectovaginal Fistula Surgery?

If surgery is necessary, it's crucial to choose a highly skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Diego Marines. Dr. Marines is a colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, Texas, with extensive experience in treating rectovaginal fistulas. He uses advanced surgical techniques and individualized treatment plans to ensure the best outcomes for his patients. Dr. Marines is committed to providing compassionate care and helping his patients achieve optimal health and wellness. As a hero of your health, you can trust Dr. Diego Marines to provide you with the highest quality care for rectovaginal fistula treatment.

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Rectovaginal Fistula Frequently Asked Questions

What is a rectovaginal fistula?

A rectovaginal fistula is a medical condition where an abnormal connection develops between the rectum and the vagina.

What are the symptoms of rectovaginal fistula?

The primary symptom of rectovaginal fistula is the passage of fecal matter or gas through the vagina. Patients may also experience vaginal discharge with a foul odor, pain during sex, and recurrent vaginal or urinary tract infections.

How is rectovaginal fistula diagnosed?

A rectovaginal fistula diagnosis may involve a physical examination, imaging tests, and a thorough medical history review. Additional diagnostic tests, such as colonoscopy or endoscopy, may be necessary to rule out other medical conditions.

What are the risk factors for developing a rectovaginal fistula?

Several factors can increase the likelihood of developing a rectovaginal fistula, including childbirth injuries, pelvic radiation, Crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer.

How is rectovaginal fistula treated?

The best treatment for rectovaginal fistula depends on the severity of the condition. Initial management may include the use of stool softeners, antibiotics, and sitz baths. Surgery is almost always necessary and it involves closing the fistula tract, repairing the rectal and vaginal walls, and sometimes using a muscle flap.

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