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A novel technique for transurethral vesicovaginal fistula tract resection followed by transvaginal fistula repair: a two-step procedure
Soodong Kim, Heejong Jeong, Wonyeol Cho
Kosin Med J. 2022;37(3):236-241.   Published online September 27, 2022
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The principle of treatment for a vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) tract is complete removal of the fistula tract and surrounding scar tissue, followed by anastomosis without tension from surrounding healthy tissue. We present our novel two-step procedure for VVF repair.
We retrospectively analyzed 12 women, aged 14 to 67 years, who were treated between 2011 and December 2018. Conservative treatments failed, as these patients had complex VVFs. This technique consisted of two steps: first, transurethral resection of the fistula tract and surrounding scar tissue; second, transvaginal repair of the bladder mucosa, bladder muscle, and vaginal mucosa with tensionless anastomosis. If an interposition flap was needed, we used a Martius flap.
The mean operation time was 186.3 minutes (range, 145–320 minutes), and the mean urethral catheter indwelling time was 10 days. Ten patients successfully underwent surgery through a transvaginal approach with no intraoperative or postoperative complications. However, one patient developed peritoneal perforation during transurethral resection of the fistula due to severe granulation tissue formation around the fistula, which prompted conversion to an abdominal approach. In two cases, we used a Martius flap because of the poor tissue condition due to previous radiation therapy and an inflammatory reaction. At a mean follow-up of 37 months (range, 16–51 months), no recurrence of VVF was observed in any patients.
This novel technique for transurethral VVF tract resection followed by transvaginal fistula repair was very safe and effective technique, and this straightforward technique is expected to reduce surgeons’ burden.
Case report
Post-traumatic tricuspid regurgitation with anterior papillary muscle rupture, corrected by papillary muscle reimplantation
Hae Young Lee, Sung Ho Cho, Jong In Kim
Kosin Med J. 2015;30(2):159-162.   Published online January 20, 2015
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A 60-year-old male patient with blunt chest trauma was transferred to our facility because of unstable vital signs and pericardial effusion. These conditions occurred after orthopedic surgery to repair multiple left finger fractures at a local medical center. Trans-thoracic echocardiography showed severe tricuspid regurgitation and he underwent papillary muscle reimplantation and tricuspid annuloplasty open heart surgery for post-traumatic tricuspid regurgitation with anterior papillary muscle rupture. We report early surgical traumatic valve disease correction without complications.

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Primary Repair of Collateral Ligaments Injury in Simple Elbow Joint Dislocation Using the Suture Anchor
Gu Hee Jung
Kosin Med J. 2009;24(1):18-22.   Published online June 30, 2009
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