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Vesicovaginal Fistula Repair
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Vesicovaginal fistula repair is surgery to close or remove a fistula between your bladder and vagina. A fistula is an abnormal tissue connection or hole. When you have a fistula, urine exits your body through your vagina, and you cannot control the flow of urine.
- Medicines can help decrease pain or prevent an infection. You may also need medicine to help relax your bladder and prevent bladder spasms.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to return to have your stitches or catheter removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Care for your catheter:
Keep the bag below your waist. This will prevent urine from flowing back into your bladder and causing an infection or other problems. Also, keep the tube free of kinks so the urine will drain properly. Do not pull on the catheter. This can cause pain and bleeding and may cause the catheter to come out. Empty your urine drainage bag when it is ½ to ⅔ full, or every 8 hours. If you have a smaller leg bag, empty it every 3 to 4 hours. Do the following when you empty your urine drainage bag:
- Hold the urine bag over a toilet or large container.
- Remove the drain spout from its sleeve at the bottom of the urine bag. Do not touch the tip of the drain spout. Open the slide valve on the spout.
- Let the urine flow out of the urine bag into the toilet or container. Do not let the drainage tube touch anything.
- Clean the end of the drain spout with alcohol when the bag is empty. Ask which cleaning solution is best to use.
- Close the slide valve and put the drain spout into its sleeve at the bottom of the urine bag. Write down how much urine was in your bag if you were asked to keep a record.
Drink liquids as directed:
Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Liquids help flush the blood from surgery out of your bladder through your urine.
Do not have sex or use tampons for at least 3 months after surgery:
This allows the tissues in your vagina to heal.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- You have a burning or pain when you urinate.
- You are leaking urine from your vagina.
- You have yellow or bad smelling discharge from your vagina.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- You are bleeding from your vagina and it is not your monthly period.
- You have a catheter and no urine is draining into the bag.
- You have trouble breathing.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.