Abstract 11.1.1



Experience with the Repair of Vesico-Vaginal Fistulas in a Non-Conventional Setting in Sub-Sahara Africa


A.J. Umoiyoho1, A.M. Abasiattai2*, O.E. Akaiso, S.J. Etuk and E. Okoi

1Department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Nigeria. 

2Department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria

Pro-Health International, Nigeria.

Department of Surgery, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.




 This study highlights the experience of repairing vesico-vaginal fistulas in health outreach programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty-six cases of vesico-vaginal fistula were repaired during five missions held between 2006 and 2007. All 26 patients remained continent 21 days after surgery. Fistula repair in un-conventional settings holds great promise and has a role to play in reducing the unmet need for fistula repair in low resource settings. 



Keywords:  Vesico-vaginal fistulas, repair, non-conventional setting.



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