Actas Urológicas Españolas
versión impresa ISSN 0210-4806
ALONSO Y GREGORIO, Sergio et al. Laparoscopic repair of the vesicovaginal fistula (laparoscopic O'Connor repair). Actas Urol Esp [online]. 2009, vol.33, n.10, pp.1133-1137. ISSN 0210-4806.
Introduction: The most frequent cause of vesicovaginal fistula in developed countries is hysterectomy, while in the third world it is related to time in labour. Any surgical iatrogenic trauma implies encountering added difficulties of various kinds when repairing the condition. Material and method: We report the first case of vesicovaginal fistula to be resolved laparoscopically in our department. The patient is a woman 50 years of age who had undergone an abdominal hysterectomy 8 months previously, and who presented a syndrome compatible with vesicovaginal fistula. She was referred to our division after an unsuccessful attempt at vaginal repair. We will now describe the laparoscopic vesicovaginal fistula repair procedure. Results: The surgical procedure lasted approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. The patient began oral intake 48 hours after surgery, normal intestinal transit was restored by the 5th day, a cystography was performed on the 7th day, and the patient was discharged on the 8th day. The patient remains asymptomatic after more than a year and a half. Conclusions: Laparoscopic resolution of vesicovaginal fistula is perfectly feasible and safe. If we consistently reproduce the principles applied in the open surgery, it offers the same success rate with the lowest possible morbidity.
Palabras clave : Vesicovaginal fistula; Laparoscopic repair; O'Connor repair.