Intraoperative complications of vaginal surgery

Michael J. Belsante, Philippe E. Zimmern

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Pelvic reconstructive surgery is not devoid of complications, some minor and some more serious. This chapter covers the most common injuries ranging from positioning nerve damage to bladder, ureteral, rectal, or urethral injury. A movie on the vaginal repair of a bladder injury during a laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy illustrates some of the key steps to achieve a complete repair. The vaginal surgeon should be attentive to pre-existing factors that may place the patient at risk and have a game plan to deal with any complications should they arise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNative Tissue Repair for Incontinence and Prolapse
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319452685
ISBN (Print)9783319452661
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Bladder injury
  • Complications
  • Ureteric injury
  • Vaginal surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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