Intraoperative Complications of Vaginal Surgery

  • Michael J. BelsanteEmail author
  • Philippe E. Zimmern


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.


Vaginal surgery Complications Bladder injury Ureteric injury 

Supplementary material

Video 19.1

Repair of bladder injury during laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy (MP4 42383 kb)

Video 19.2

(MP4 71000 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UrologyUrology AssociatesNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of UrologyUT Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA

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