Overview – Robotic Vesico-Vaginal (VVF) Repair
VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault. In addition to the medical sequelae from these fistulas, they often have a profound effect on the patient’s emotional well-being. Symptomatic VVF merits appropriate treatment. Surgery for vesico-vaginal fistula may be through vaginal or trans-abdominal approach. Traditional transabdominal approach involve 10 to 15 cm of lower midline incision..
Potential benefits of Robotic surgical repair :
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less occurrence of major complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery of bowel function
- Cystectomy is traditionally performed using an open approach, meaning the surgeon must make a large abdominal incision to access the bladder.