Differentiated surgical treatment of rectovaginal fistulae

Feride Kröpil, Andreas M. Raffel, Matthias Schauer, Alexander Rehders, Claus F. Eisenberger & Wolfram T. Knoefel
Objective: Rectovaginal fistulae (RVF) are a serious and debilitating problem for patients and a challenge for the treating surgeons. We present our experiences in the surgical treatment of these patients. Methods: Study population consisted of 22 consecutive patients (range 26–70 years) with RVF treated in our department between 2003 and 2009. 13 RVF were observed after colorectal or gynaecological surgery, 3 occurred after radiotherapy, 2 due to tumour infiltration, 4 because of local inflammation (3x...