When done properly, a surgical procedure can help to fix broken bones, remove a tumor or otherwise help you overcome a medical problem. However, if a surgeon at a Georgia hospital leaves an item inside of you, it could result in negative consequences for your health.
Reasons why objects could be left in your body
In many cases, items such as sponges, needles or scopes are left inside you because of human error. For instance, a surgeon may become tired during a long surgery, which could increase the risk of a mistake being made. It is also possible that multiple teams are involved with a procedure, and communication issues could result in something being left inside of you after it is over.
You might not realize anything is wrong
It is possible that an object can remain in your body for months or years without causing any problems. However, there is also a chance that a foreign object in your body could lead to infections or obstructions. These infections or obstructions could cause fever, bloating or nausea. There is also a chance that you could suffer organ failure or that an organ will need to be removed from your body.
Hospitals are taking steps to protect you
Hospitals are using technology in an effort to minimize the possibility that items are left inside of you after a procedure. For example, sponges have bar codes on them that are scanned before and after a surgery takes place. The use of radio frequency tags has also made it easier to track where objects are at any given time. In many cases, investing in these tools has helped to save money. This is because there is no need for additional procedures when everything is removed from a patient before being discharged.
If an object has been left in your body, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. An attorney may review your case to determine whether it may be best to proceed with a lawsuit or attempt to settle the matter out of court.
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