Hi ladies - I have read here that many of you have had either bladder-vagina or bladder-rectal fistulae. Some of those stories have been pretty scary - like how it took 10 surgeries to finally correct the problem. Well, I'm ready to join the club; I've seen my surgeon and urologist, and in 2 days I see the plastic surgeon about the tissue flap. My surgeon says they can probably take tissue from my right abdominal area, but the doc's RN says it will probably be a gracilus flap (from the leg). Help! I need some words of wisdom, encouragement, anything that can help me grapple with what's coming up (even horror stories!)
I've put this off over a year now - my fistula goes from the bladder through the vagina and into a leftover portion of the rectum below my colostomy. That's right, I pee out of all three orifices! Not pleasant. And I have a constant UTI which smells bad and makes me incontinent as hell. I really do need to get this fixed to salvage what's left of my sanity!
Thank you, sweet ladies for reading this and mulling over your comments. Love to you all!