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Rectovaginal Fistula Repair questions? Finding the right specialist. Please help!!

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Old 03-27-2011, 11:43 AM   #1
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Unhappy Rectovaginal Fistula Repair questions? Finding the right specialist. Please help!!

Hi, I am 32 years old and I had my first baby when I was 26. I ended up having a 4th stage larceration, vaccum was used and episiodomy (sorry if misspelled). After a week I came home and realized I was having leakage after I had a bowel movement through the Vagina. Although this is not very common my aunt also had this problem. So, I am not sure if it's something that is inheritied or not. Well, immediatley went to the emergency room and they referred me to a Colorectal specialist. well he found the fistula but said I needed to wait at least 3 months after all the swelling had went down before he could fix it, and at that time he would have to do an ultrasound to see if it had went through the rectum muscle. Well beyond my control had to wait because I lost my insurance after 3 months with the State, and truthfully after that I was embarassed and afraid to go back. Now, it's 5 yerars later and I talked to someone that had to have perinealplasty and a rectocile. So, I figured I would try the same doctor. This doctor is an OB. She was unable to actually find the fistula but she said the perineal was extremely thin with alot of scar tissue. she said that she would go in and reconstruct it and during the surgery would be able to tell where the fistula was even if she had to use dye to find the leakage. I was wondering what everyone else had went to OB or Colorectal specialist? After all the problems I have saw on here I am afraid I would be going to the wrong specialist for the problem? Has anyone had their repair through an OB? What should I expect after the surgery? I am so scared of this surgery and the recovery. I hope it won't make things worse. Anyone please help with any advice you have. Thanks!!

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