Objects Left In the Body
Retained Foreign Objects
While most surgical procedures are performed correctly and achieve their intended aims, mistakes can unfortunately still happen. One such error, which is more common than might be presumed, can involve foreign objects being left in the body. This can have very serious consequences and it is therefore of the utmost importance that you seek legal expertise to help with your medical negligence claim.
If you or someone you know has suffered because of surgical equipment or materials being mistakenly left in your body following surgery, contact the professional and friendly team at Hospital Negligence to discuss the correct next steps to take. Call us on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you at a convenient time.
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Foreign Objects Retained Following an Operation
It should almost go without saying, but instruments used by medical professionals should not be left inside the patient's body unless this was part of the procedure. Indeed, NHS guidelines dictate that all of the appliances used should be accounted for both before the procedure and once it has been completed.
Despite this, the act of a foreign body being accidentally left in the body - which is commonly known as a 'retained foreign object' - still occurs. Examples of the types of equipment that may be left in the body include:
Consequences of Retained Foreign Objects
The consequences of a foreign object being left in your body unintentionally can be wide and varied, however, such errors could result in:
- Severe infection
- Extreme pain and discomfort
- Even death
You would also be required to undergo another procedure in order for the offending item to be removed. This would undoubtedly cause even more stress and suffering than would have been endured had the original operation been a success.
Talk to Us
Our team of medical negligence specialists is here to help you get the outcome deserve. Having a medical instrument inadvertently left in your body is something nobody should have to endure. We will therefore guide you through every step of the process, giving you the best representation possible.