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A 36-year-old female asked:

What exactly is the risk of leaving a small rectovaginal fistula alone?will surgical repair cause more complications w/thin septum from prior lar/tme?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce Pierce
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
See a specialist: Someone with a lot of experience with fistula repair, as they can be difficult. But leaving it alone can cause recurrent infections from stool getting into the vagina.
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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Chronic Infection: I think you should discuss this with an experienced surgeon, to fix the defect, otherwise not correcting it is more risky and complicated, leading you to more complicated major surgical procedures due to infections.
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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
Best option treatmen: If it is left alone, stool will enter vagina, stool and flatus coming through will not pleasant, besides gives vaginal infections, surgical correction ( in a non malignant type ) will have excellent results and normal life , please consult a gynecological surgeon who is well versed to handle in this kind of problems
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