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Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/SPV.0b013e3182a33194
Case Reports

Rectovaginal Fistula Repair Using a Disposable Biopsy Punch

Adelowo, Amos MD, MPH*; Ellerkmann, Richard MD; Rosenblatt, Peter MD*

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Abstract

Objectives: To describe a novel surgical technique for complete excision of a rectovaginal fistula tract using a disposable biopsy punch during a transvaginal rectovaginal fistula repair and to present our initial surgical experience.

Methods: Description of 4 cases of simple rectovaginal fistulas and an innovative surgical technique for the complete excision of the fistula tract using a disposable biopsy punch.

Results: Successful 3-, 9-, and 12-month follow-up of 4 cases with simple rectovaginal fistulas after transvaginal rectovaginal fistula repair using a novel approach for complete fistula tract excision with a disposable biopsy punch and layered nonoverlapping suture closure. Demographic information reported included age, parity, medical and surgical history, as well as fistula characteristics including size, location, presenting symptoms, and duration of symptoms. We describe our operative technique with picture description.

Conclusion: This novel approach using a disposable punch biopsy device to complete excision of simple rectovaginal fistula tracts during a transvaginal rectovaginal fistula repair can help with achieving a successful surgical outcome.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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