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Robotic repair of vesicovaginal fistulas using fibrin sealant
Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, Baylor Scott & White Health/The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Temple, Texas, USA
Apr  2017 (Vol.  24, Issue  2, Pages( 8740 - 8743)
PMID: 28436361


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    Although infrequent, when encountered vesicovaginal fistulas (VVF) are a difficult condition for both patients and physicians alike. After the first robotic repair was described in 2005, this has been an increasingly common treatment modality. At our institution between 2009 and 2014, eleven of these patients were evaluated and treated with robotic repair. However, fibrin sealant was used in place of the traditional tissue flap. Included are six patients who had previously undergone operative repair.


    After IRB approval was obtained, a retrospective study was undertaken to identify patients with VVF. Inclusion criteria were operative repair utilizing a da Vinci robotic system; there were no exclusion criteria. A total of eleven patients were identified, and in each case, a robot assisted laparoscopic approach was utilized and Tisseel fibrin sealant was used in lieu of tissue interposition.


    All patients underwent successful repair of their VVF without evidence of recurrence at a mean follow up of 15.6 months.


    Robotic vesicovaginal fistula repair with fibrin sealant seems to be a safe and viable alternative to the traditional repair utilizing a tissue flap.