In the simplest of terms, a fistula is an abnormal connection that’s not supposed to exist, and these can develop in your bladder and rectum, among other places. To repair these unwelcome developments, the urogynecologists at Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness, Dr. Alexis Tran and Dr. David Kimble, offer surgical repair, allowing patients in Pasadena, California, to close the door on problematic fistulas. If you’d like to learn more about fistula repair, call the office or request a consultation using the online form.
A bladder fistula is a hole in your bladder that often opens into your vagina or your bowel. These formations are relatively uncommon and can develop when your bladder is damaged by surgery or an infection that blocks your bladder. Fistulas have also been linked to certain cancers, as well as the radiation treatments for these cancers.
The most common signs that you may have a bladder fistula is frequent urinary tract infections, as well as urine that smells or looks like your stool, as well as a release of gas while you urinate.
To prevent the cross-contamination that occurs with any fistula and to restore normal function to your bladder, the urogynecologists at Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness repair your fistula surgically by placing healthy tissue over the opening. As specialists in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, the surgeons use the latest techniques to repair your fistula, getting you back to your normal life as quickly as possible.
Most rectal fistulas (90%) develop on the heels of an infection in one of the glands that lines your anus. As the infection grows, it forms a pus-filled abscess and a fistula, which is the tunnel that connects your gland to the abscess. A fistula can also develop without an abscess, connecting the gland straight to your skin, often near your rectum.
The most common signs of a rectal abscess include:
The best way to find out whether you’re dealing with a rectal fistula is to see one of the doctors for a thorough evaluation.
The first order of business when it comes to a rectal fistula is to ensure that any abscess is drained. Once drained, your doctor assesses your fistula, which doesn’t simply go away when the abscess is gone. If they determine that you’re at risk for future infections, they recommend a surgery called a fistulotomy to remove the fistula.
Rest assured, the urogynecologists at Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness use the latest surgical techniques for your fistula repair.
To learn more about your options in fistula repair, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.