Vesicovaginal and ureterovaginal fistulas: a summary of 25 years of experience

J Urol. 1980 Mar;123(3):370-4. doi: 10.1016/s0022-5347(17)55941-8.


The difficult problem of a vesicovaginal fistula originally was cured surgically by Sims in 1849. During the last 25 years at UCLA and affiliated hospitals 68 patients have been treated by urologic surgeons for fistulas between the vagina and the urinary tract: 21 ureterovaginal and 47 vesicovaginal and urethrovaginal fistulas. The ureterovaginal fistulas often were complex and patients presented the most challenging diagnostic problem. However, they usually were repaired successfully by simple ureteroneocystostomy. Vesicovaginal and urethrovaginal fistulas were repaired transvaginally in 24 cases, with 70 per cent success at the first attempt and 92 per cent success with 2 attempts. Transabdominal or combined approaches were less successful. Only 58 per cent of the cases were closed at first attempt. The transvaginal approach required less operating time, and resulted in less blood loss and shorter hospital stays than the transabdominal approach and will be described in detail.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Ureter / surgery
  • Ureteral Diseases / surgery*
  • Urinary Bladder / surgery
  • Urinary Fistula / surgery*
  • Vagina / surgery
  • Vaginal Fistula / surgery*
  • Vesicovaginal Fistula / surgery*