“If you are still in so much pain, you should tell the doctor,”
Alfred told his wife in exasperation. “I will, I will,” she relented.
Martha calls her doctor and schedules another appointment. By the end of
the day, however, the pain intensifies. She recalls the doctors telling
her that post surgical pain and swelling should go away completely within
three to four weeks. Eight weeks later, her endurance has crumbled and
Alfred drives her to the hospital.
The emergency room doctor, with a clear look of concern, examines Martha.
“I think you have a serious infection, Martha, but let me get you
an X-ray done first so that I know the extent of the problem.”
“Good heavens, what is that!” the doctor exclaims while viewing
the X-ray film. The bluish, white light from the film reflects off of
her delicate skin as he realizes what he is seeing. The doctor believes
that surgical gauze was left inside of Martha during her surgery eight
weeks ago. The gauze itself is causing her discomfort, as too is a large
infection that has formed around the gauze.
Another surgery is scheduled and Martha again goes under the knife. Fortunately,
the procedure unfolds well and the surgical gauze is completely removed.
Post surgical X-rays confirm that Martha is in good shape.
The surgical gauze in this fictional story is referred to as a
foreign object. It is not foreign because it is unnatural to the body; rather it is called
a foreign object because it is not supposed to be, nor intended to be
left inside the patient’s body. What this means is that other objects
unnatural to the human body such as pace makers, hip replacement parts,
pins, rods, screws and the like are not considered to be foreign objects.
Experienced Newburgh medical malpractice attorneys know that foreign objects left inside a patient’s body are a serious
matter. They can cause pain and suffering, infection, excessive bleeding,
abnormal blood clotting, and if left inside a patient for too long, can
in some circumstances even result in death.
As was the case for Martha, additional surgeries are needed to remove the
foreign object. This equates to more medical bills, more pain and suffering,
more time lost from work, and more lost wages.
In addition to surgical gauze, other foreign objects such as sponges, scalpels,
scissors, and needles have been left inside of patients during surgery.
This is typically so when the surgery is performed in the mid to lower
torso and pelvis.
In general, any object left inside a patient by mistake is a foreign object
and such is medical negligence.
Learn more about what you should know about medical malpractice in
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