What Happens When Surgical Items are Left Behind in the Body?

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Too often after a surgery the surgeon can make a mistake and leave items in the body. In most cases, there is a team of medical professionals who work together during a surgery but all too often this team may have never performed a surgery or worked together before. With such serious procedures there needs to be a lot of communication and coordination amongst all the members but sometimes things are overlooked and serious mistakes like this can happen.

With most surgeries there are lots of items they use in and around your body. Things like pens, tape, gauze, clamps and other surgical tools. The doctors have checklists and procedures that they follow to make sure that everything that they use in and around the surgery is accounted for afterwards. But like everything we do as people, errors happen.

Sadly, it is not uncommon for patients to wake up after surgery to develop some type of complication because something has been left behind. Medical mistakes like this can turn into serious issues and typically another surgery would have to be performed to remove the object. These types of mistakes are a form of medical malpractice and can lead to a claim against the surgeon and possibly the surgery center or hospital.

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Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.