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How can surgical items left inside a person harm them?

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Medical Malpractice |

Every year, many surgeries happen. However, sometimes, even with all the modern tools and careful planning, procedures can go wrong.

One big problem is when doctors accidentally leave things inside patients’ bodies after surgery.

Consequences of forgotten objects

When surgeons leave tools like sponges, clamps or needles behind in a person’s body, it can lead to many complications. These items might move around inside, causing infections or hurting organs.

Bodies try to fight off anything foreign, and that can make the area swollen and painful. Sometimes, these objects can even block blood flow or damage important parts of the body.

Symptoms and struggles

Identifying the presence of a retained surgical item can be challenging, as symptoms may not show up immediately. Patients may experience persistent pain, fever or unexplained swelling in the affected area.

In some cases, complications may arise months or even years after the initial surgery. Diagnostic imaging techniques, such as X-rays or CT scans, could eventually detect the presence of foreign objects within the body.

Lack of preventative measures

This issue could originate when surgical teams do not count all the tools they use before and after surgery. Hospitals could lack special technology like barcodes or chips to keep track of everything during the operation. Those on the medical team may fail to talk to each other and not speak up when issues happen.

Medical professionals must take steps to prevent this issue from happening in the first place. Those facing injuries due to surgical errors may want to seek fair compensation.

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