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Foreign Object Left After Surgery

Foreign Object Left In Patient After Surgery

When a surgeon leaves a foreign object, such as a surgical clamp, catheter, lap band or sponge, inside a patient after surgery, it can have serious effects. This is also known as having a retained foreign object (RFO). The risk of this happening increases with the complexity of the surgery. In a lengthy, complicated surgery, there can many different apparatuses used, and the surgeon has a greater risk of forgetting an item. When this occurs, the patient is subject to severe infection, organ damage, internal bleeding and possibly death. In some cases, those objects can be mistaken for organs on an x-ray or MRI, complicating and compromising the patient’s recovery. These types of physician errors can occur in a wide range of surgical procedures, but are most likely to happen in cases involving the abdomen and thorax, including gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic surgery and abdominal surgery.

The effects of a foreign object left after surgery can be a lot more serious than you might think. A 2012 article in The New York Times on this subject cited the case of a Kentucky woman, herself a nurse, who suddenly experienced severe stomach pains. It was discovered that a sponge was left inside her four years earlier, when she had a hysterectomy. The sponge had adhered to her bladder and abdominal cavity, spreading infection that required the removal of a large part of her intestine. To read the article, click on here.

How We Can Help

If you think you or a loved one has been the victim of surgical malpractice involving a foreign object left after surgery, it is very important to speak with an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney right away. An attorney who has experience handling these types of medical malpractice claims will know what to look for when analyzing your medical records, what questions to ask witnesses and experts, and how to prepare a strong and compelling claim. The hospital and/or doctor you have filed the lawsuit against will have powerful attorneys defending them, so you need to ensure you have an equally strong and experienced attorney representing you.

Consult an Experienced New York Medical Malpractice Attorney Today!

The Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin has over 30 years of experience handling medical malpractice lawsuits and has recovered over $100 million for its clients

If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice involving a foreign object left after surgery, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. The medical treatment, physical therapy, adaptive equipment, and any other care that may be needed can be expensive. To ensure you have the financial resources you will need to provide proper medical care and treatment contact the Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin today at (914) 686-4000 to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated New York medical malpractice attorney.


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