Medical Malpractice: Retained Foreign Objects After Surgery

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Surgical tools, sponges, and other objects left inside the body can cause painful injuries and serious medical complications. A patient with a foreign object left inside them will likely require additional surgery, prolonging their recovery and adding to the cost of treatment. Researchers have found that around one in 1,000 surgical patients has a foreign object left in their bodies. This shocking statistic shows just how frequently these unthinkable mistakes occur.

Medical malpractice cases are a significant part of our practice at Geiger Legal Group, LLC. We want to help if you have experienced the trauma of a retained foreign object after surgery. Our Georgia medical malpractice lawyers have more than 40 years of experience and have recovered millions on behalf of our clients.

Leaving an object inside you is a mistake that a medical professional, such as a surgeon, should never make. You should seek justice and compensation if it has happened to you. Contact us today for a free case review with a skilled medical malpractice attorney.

What Is a Retained Foreign Object?

Many tools and instruments are used in surgical procedures, such as sponges, clamps, needles, and gauze. These devices are temporarily placed inside a patient’s body as the surgeon operates and should be removed after surgery. However, the surgery team may accidentally leave something inside the patient’s body cavity if they’re not careful. The objects or tools left in the body after surgery are referred to as retained foreign objects.

While some medical devices are meant to be left inside a patient’s body, most are not. In many cases, a foreign object left in a patient after surgery can become infected. It can cause intense pain and other complications that interfere with a patient’s bodily functions. There are also cases where an object left inside a patient can pierce an organ or other tissues inside the body, causing bleeding and other serious health issues. Retained foreign objects nearly always require additional surgery to remove. The resulting injuries can prove fatal, especially if the object is not removed quickly.