To describe the complexities of diagnosis and management of neobladder-vaginal fistula (NVF) following orthotopic urinary diversion in women.
Multiple recent single-institution series confirm the variability of outcomes for NVF repairs and caution regarding comorbid stress urinary incontinence which may necessitate further interventions including conversion to alternate diversions. Although both abdominal and transvaginal approaches have been advocated for surgical management of NVF, contemporary series from reconstructive surgeons favor a vaginal approach to decrease overall operative morbidity. Patients should be carefully counseled regarding neobladder and sphincter function following fistula repair along with the risks of secondary urinary diversion.
Current urology reports. 2019 Oct 10*** epublish ***
Melissa R Kaufman
Department of Urology, Vanderbilt Medical Center, A-1302 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN, 37232, USA. .