Signs You May Have a Surgical Object Left in Your Body

Unintended retention of foreign objects (URFO) is far too common in the United States. Every year, thousands of people go in for an operation, only to later discover that their physician left a sponge, metal tool, or other surgical object inside their body.

Post-surgical object retention can lead to a number of painful physical symptoms. You may be experiencing the effects of an URFO if any of the following are true:

  • You have a fever greater than 101 degrees.
  • The skin surrounding your incision is discolored, warm, or irritated.
  • Your incision area is becoming swollen and sensitive.
  • You experience worsening fatigue.
  • Your stool changes dramatically in color or texture.
  • Your incision re-opens and your stitches begin to rip.
  • Your incision site is emitting an unpleasant odor.
  • Your breathing has become labored.
  • You are having difficulty eating or drinking without vomiting.

Other unpleasant symptoms will occur if you have, indeed, retained a surgical object, including the need for corrective treatments, additional surgical procedures, and/or death. Should this happen to you or someone you love, it is imperative that you seek medical treatment as soon as you experience symptoms and take measures to hold the offending doctor accountable for the harm they have negligently inflicted upon you and/or your loved one.

Talk to an Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Philadelphia

Golomb & Honik, P.C. has proudly served Philadelphia for nearly 40 years, and we have handled medical malpractice cases of all kinds. We understand the devastating toll that retention of a surgical object can take on your life, and our skilled, compassionate attorneys are here to help make it right.

We also know that no amount of compensation can reverse the physical effects of retaining a surgical tool, our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys may be able to help you recover the money you need to afford related treatments and therapy, as well as make up for lost income, lost savings, etc.

Call (215) 278-4449 today or send us an email to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation.