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Foreign Objects in the Body After Surgery

The idea of a medical instrument or debris being left in your body after surgery may seem farfetched and ridiculous. However, this devastating problem affects over 1,500 Americans each year, and it can cause serious damage to your body. If surgeons, nurses, or other healthcare professionals conclude a procedure without ensuring that they have removed all objects from the patient’s body, the complications can be exceptionally dangerous and may require the victim of medical malpractice to undergo even more surgery to resolve urgent health concerns.

If you have suffered injuries due to this particularly egregious failure of your surgeon or others who were charged with your care, it might be in your best interest to file a civil lawsuit seeking financial compensation for the harm that you have endured. Contact a Waukesha medical malpractice attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, today at (800) 242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.

Risks for Retained Instruments

In several different studies, researchers found that retained instrument errors can and do happen. While there is no excuse for this grave mistake, there are several risk factors that increase a person’s likelihood of retaining a surgical instrument. These include:

  • Surgery in the abdominal cavity
  • Emergency surgeries
  • Patient obesity
  • Having an unexpected change in the surgical plan during the operation

Forgotten Tool Damages

When a medical team forgets a tool in your body, the item can harbor bacteria for dangerous internal infections. Additionally, if it is a sharp item, it can cut into organs and sever blood vessels. Some tools, such as cloths and sponges, can be impossible to detect until it is too late to avoid severe adverse health consequences. Others objects, such as knives, pins, clamps, needles, scalpels, and metal objects, can be found on x-rays yet can cause more extensive damage due to sharp edges.

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After suffering from a retained instrument, most patients require additional surgery to correct this problem. This can result in severe pain as well as expensive medical bills. You should not have to face these physical, emotional, and financial stresses alone. You may be entitled to financial compensation to help you with these expenses. To discuss your case, contact a compassionate yet tenacious Waukesha medical malpractice lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® at (800) 242-2874 today.