Fistulas are connections between two organs that should not normally be there. These may be present anywhere in the body and often result from medical conditions such as diverticulitis (inflammation of the bowel) and sometimes from surgeries.
Urogynecologists treat the following fistulas:
- Connections between the bladder and the bowel
- Connections between the vagina and the bowel
- Connections between the urethra and vagina
These surgeries are performed by a specialized team, consisting of a urogynecologist and often a colorectal surgeon as well. Because these conditions may recur, it is important to have trained and experienced doctors fixing these abnormal connections so that the surgical success rates are increased.