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I have some on-going health issues regarding a prolapsed bladder and prolapsed bowel into my bladder, and have also recently had faeces coming from my virginal area, Verified by my family GP. I also had some bleeding from the back passage, and two small blood clots also from the back passage.
This is not a continuous occurrence although it has happened several times over the past few months, it hasn’t happened since my last painful bout in late December. I have had a bad bladder and kidney infection since and ended up at A&E News Years Eve sent home with antibiotics and pain control.
The theory is I have a hole in my bowel that will or may require an operation. Can you please tell me what are the consequences to me if I don’t go head with operation for the hole in my bowel as I am all ready booked for February to have a bladder repair and the back wall of my bowel repaired or lifted?
It all seems like a lot of surgery to me. I also had a full hysterectomy with ovaries and a bladder pair with a small cyst remove from my Bladder in 2005.
I am reluctant to have unnecessary surgery if I am able to cope and control it with painkillers.
I look forward to your replies as I am most concerned about all the surgery they seem to want me to have.
Thank you. cc
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replied May 16th, 2009
Based upon your description, it sounds as if you probably have a rectovaginal fistula. There are several different surgical approaches to repairing such fistulas, and so the extent of surgery (and the risk of various types of complications) that you might require would vary according to the type of operation that has been recommended to you.

The consequences of not having surgery for this fistula is that you will continue to pass stool through your vagina (and which often occurs without warning).

You should make sure that all of your surgeons are communicating with each other regarding these various possible surgical procedures, and that they fully coordinate your surgical care with each other.

Sincerely/, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS
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