Urinary Fistula


One in three women over age 45 suffer from a pelvic floor disorder. Our urogynecology physicians can help you get back to your normal routine, pain free. 

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two separate parts of the body. The several types of urinary fistulas include:

  • Vesicovaginal Fistula: fistula between the urinary tract and the vagina
  • Vesicouterine Fistula: fistula between the bladder and the uterus
  • Urethrovaginal Fistula: fistula between the urethra and the vagina
  • Ureterovaginal Fistula: fistula between the ureter and the vagina
  • Colovesical Fistula: fistula between the colon (bowel) and the bladder
  • Rectovaginal Fistula: fistula between the rectum and the vagina

Fistulas are most often caused by injury to the organs in question, either during surgery or from trauma; they may also result from infection, cancer, or radiation.


Symptoms from fistulas vary dramatically. They vary depending on where the abnormal connection or opening occurs but can include:

  • Constant urine leakage from the vagina
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Blood or gas with urination
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Nausea/vomiting


While some small, early fistulas can be treated with a catheter, most fistulas will require surgery to fix the undesired opening or connection between two organs.

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National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 305
Baltimore, MD 21237
Fax: 443- 777-7618

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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

In addition, our physicians see patients in Bel Air and Federal Hill at the following locations: 

Peter O’Hare III, MD
Women's Care at Bel Air
MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Blvd. 
Suite 235
Bel Air, MD 21015
Fax: 410-569-7609

Our Center is part of the National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery (NCAPS) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center