In the worst-case scenario, a surgical instrument left inside your body after surgery could lead to death. You should know what warning signs to watch for after any surgery to get prompt treatment. Bring up your concern that a surgical instrument may be inside your body if you have any symptoms in the months following your procedure. In Texas, you have two years to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice. You may want to seek compensation if you are a victim of surgical instruments left inside your body.
Types of objects that could be in your body
Examples of surgical tools that your surgeon forgot inside your body are sponges, towels, scissors, scalpels, needles, drain tips, tweezers, forceps and guiding wires. Surgeons have also accidentally left surgical masks, surgical gloves, measuring devices and scopes inside patients.
Even if an object seems harmless to you, such as a sponge or a towel, it can cause serious problems as it doesn’t belong inside your body. Because surgeons use sponges to soak up blood, it’s easy to lose track of them and mistake them as part of the organs and tissues when it comes time to sew the patient. You could file a medical malpractice lawsuit regardless of what type of object was inside your body. Surgeons should take extra precautions to limit how many mistakes they make.
Warning signs you have a surgical object inside you
Surgical objects left inside you may cause fevers, digestive problems, swelling, infections, severe pain and internal bleeding. You could experience damage or loss of your organs from surgical objects stuck inside your body.
Many people assume only small objects would be inside the body, but some patients have had large surgical items trapped inside of them. There is an instance where the surgeon forgot a 13-inch surgical retractor inside the patient.
Objects large and small could be inside you after surgery. Some people have gone years before discovering this medical error happened to them. You should stay aware of any health issues you have even if they appear minor in the months after surgery. It’s worth investigating whether a surgical tool is inside you if you begin to have symptoms.