Treatment options for obstetric fistula include antibiotic medication to clear up infection in your body, if present. A fistula may, but usually does not, close up on its own. Surgery is also a treatment option to correct the abnormal joining of your vagina, rectum, and large intestine. You may have to wait until the tissue is healthy to have the surgery. During the surgery, a gynecologist or a colorectal surgeon will most likely remove the section of tissue with the fistula in it. Then the doctor will sew the healthy tissue together.
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What is dysbiosis?
Eva Cwynar, MD, Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism, answeredThe human intestinal tract is inhabited by thousands of strains of bacteria, some beneficial, some harmful. The balance between these strains can have a huge impact on whether a person feels well or ill. When the intestines are healthy and in balance and everything is functioning smoothly, they are described as being in a state of symbiosis. When there is an imbalance of the bacteria in the digestive tract, an overgrowth of yeast, or the presence of viruses or parasites in the intestines, they are described as being in a state of dysbiosis. The way I often describe it is that we have houseguests all the time. Some are welcome, some are not welcome. When there are too many unwelcome guests, we have dysbiosis.
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What do I need to know about caring for someone with an obstetric fistula?
Caring for someone with an obstetric fistula requires thoughtfulness and great support. Make sure that the person consults with the doctor on a regular basis and attends all scheduled follow-up appointments. It is also important to make sure that the person takes prescribed medications. Physical treatment is not the only treatment people with obstetric fistulas need; they may also need psychological help. In Africa, many women with fistulas are cast out of their communities and left by their spouses.
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