Rectovaginal Fistula after Childbirth in the UK


Leading medical professionals and injured women examine commonality, surgery and living with the consequences of RVF

Co-chairs: Professor Mike Keighley, Colorectal Surgeon, President and Founder of The MASIC Foundation
Karen Evans, MASIC Advocate
12:35 A message of hope and inspiration – Gillian Castle, MASIC Ambassador
12:40 How common is a rectovaginal fistula after a severe obstetric trauma –
Professor Mike Keighley
12:50 My experience with a rectovaginal fistula – Amy Stead, MASIC Advocate
13:00 Living with the consequences of a rectovaginal fistula – Sarah Squire, MASIC Advocate
13:10 A short Q & A session led by the Co-chairs
13:20 Results of an immediate defunction – Karen Nugent, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
13:30 The anal plug for a low fistula – Andy Williams, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
13:40 Laparoscopic omental mobilisation to augment rectovaginal fistula repair –
Carolynne Vaizey, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
13.50 A further question & answer session with all speakers
14.20 Close
Target audience for the Webinar – Midwives to inform of a complication of birth trauma, Colorectal Nurses and Surgeons, Women’s Health Groups, Members of the Public, Women
who have had an OASI (obstetric anal sphincter injury), OASI Care Bundle, Legal Advisors and Fistula Charities.


Event generously supported by Cook Biotech, Coloplast and Bolt Burdon Kemp.


Looking for support?

There is support available if you need it, don’t suffer in silence and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

MASIC can help you over come the physical and emotional trauma you may have experienced during and after child birth. We can support you and guide you to helpful resources, all you need to do is get in touch.

Not sure where to start?

Please call the MASIC 24h freephone Birth Injury Support Helpline 0808 1640 8333

The stats speak for themselves.
More women are affected and need support…


of women with severe birth injury said it impacted on their relationship with their child


were affected by traumatic memories of the birth


stated they were embarrassed by the symptoms of their injury


of women affected said they doubted their ability to mother


suffered postnatal depression as a result of their injury


of women affected regretted having a child because of the injuries sustained