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International braz j urol

Print version ISSN 1677-5538

Int. braz j urol. vol.39 no.5 Rio de Janeiro Sept./Oct. 2013 

Video Section

Laparoscopic conservative treatment of colo-vesical fistula: a new surgical approach

Cochetti Giovanni

Cottini Emanuele

Barillaro Francesco

Lepri Emanuele

Boni Andrea

Pohja Solajd

Mearini Ettore

1Department of surgical specialties and Public Health, Urological Andrological Surgery and Minimally Invasive Techniques, University of Perugia, Perugia-Terni, Italy



The standard treatment of colo-vesical fistula is the exeresis of fistula, suture of bladder wall, colic resection with or without temporary colostomy. Usually the approach is open because conversion rates and morbidity are lower than laparoscopy. The aim of video is to show the steps of a new mini-invasive approach of colo-vesical fistula without colic resection.

Materials and Methods

A 69 years old male underwent laparoscopic conservative treatment of colo-vesical fistula due to endoscopic polipectomy in sigmoid diverticulum. 12 mm trocar for the camera was placed at the umbilicus, two 10 mm trocars were placed along bisiliac line and 5 mm port was placed along left emiclavear line; Trendelenburg position was 20°. The fistulous loop was carefully isolated, clipped with Hem-o-lock® clips and removed. Since diverticular disease appeared slight and no inflammation signs were evident, colon resection was not performed. We sutured and sinked the sigmoid wall; after curettage of the fistula site, the bladder wall was sutured. Fat tissue was placed between sigmoid and bladder wall to reduce the risk of fistula recurrence.


Operative time, estimated blood loss, catheterization time, time to flatus and hospital stay were respectively 210 minutes, 300 mL, 10 days, 48 h and 8 days. The histological examination showed colonic inflammatory and necrotic tissue. No complications or fistula recurrence occurred at 54 months follow-up.


The laparoscopic conservative treatment of colo-vesical fistula is a safe and feasible technique, in particular when the diverticular disease is limited and the fistula is not due to diverticulitis.

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Giovanni and colleagues present a a simple and innovative technique for management of select colo-vesical fistulae. This is an important addition to the armamentarium available for the surgeon dealing with these cases.

A. Karim Kader, MD

2Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA, E-mail:

Received: March 20, 2013; Accepted: June 15, 2013

Cochetti Giovanni, MD, Department of surgical specialties and Public Health, Urological Andrological Surgery and Minimally Invasive Techniques, University of Perugia, Perugia-Terni, Italy, E-mail:

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