[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The World Health Organization (WHO) proposes a successful closure rate for first repair of vesico-vaginal obstetric fistula to be at 85% in each facility, with the continence achievement among the closed cases at 90 %. We are reporting the vesico-vaginal obstetric fistula outcome at the provincial hospital of Maroua-Cameroon from 2005 to August 2007. Among the overall 32 patients with vesico-vaginal fistula operated, 25 patients were at their first operation. The complete closure of vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF) was 23/25 (92%) and among the 23 patients with complete closure 17(74%) had good continence. When we consider only the 25 patients who were at their first operation, the overall closure of VVF was 23/25 (92%) and among them 17/23 (74%) were continent. Large lesion, bladder neck lesions, vaginal adherence and rigid margin are associated with failure/incontinence. These factors must be taken into consideration when preparing patients for surgery or when assigning them to a surgeon within the surgical team.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We assessed the effectiveness of vaginal hysterectomy for benign uterine conditions in Northern Cameroon. This is a case series study of 29 elective vaginal hysterectomies carried out between February 2005 and June 2007 in Maroua, Cameroon. Hysterocele was found as the only or associated indication in 17 (58.6%) patients, symptomatic uterine fibroids in 4 (13.8%) and other indications in 8 (27.6%) patients. The mean duration of the operation was 132 minutes and the mean blood loss at surgery was 150 ml. Twenty-five of the 28 (89.3%) women had less than seven days of hospitalisation. There was a negative correlation (r = -0.45, P = 0.015) between duration of the surgery and the order of operation. One urinary tract and one wound infection were observed. Two patients had conversion to laparotomy. This study has shown that vaginal hysterectomy is a safe and feasible method of hysterectomy in a semi-urban hospital.
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