Tools Left in the Body After Surgery

If you are facing surgery, you have enough to worry about regarding your health and recovery without having to imagine the danger of having tools left in your body after the operation. Although this may seem bizarre, an estimated 1,500 Americans suffer from this problem each year—and those are just the ones we know about.

Leaving instruments in a patient's body after surgery is a careless and preventable mistake. However, it is a mistake that happens much more often than it should. If you or someone you love has suffered from a tool retained in the body after surgery, contact the Phoenix medical malpractice attorneys of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., at 800-763-0964 today.

Risk Factors for Retained Surgical Tools

While there is no excuse for this type of negligence, there are certain risk factors that can increase your chances of having this injury happen to you, including:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Undergoing emergency surgery
  • Having a change in your surgical plan during the operation

Additionally, although knives, needles, clamps, cloths, and scalpels are but a few of the instruments that have been left in people's bodies, sponges can be especially dangerous because they are typically undetectable with x-rays. Inside, these tools can result in infections and further damage that often require additional surgery.

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Negligent surgeons and their nursing staffs should be held accountable for their reckless actions. If you or someone you know has had a tool retained in your body after surgery, contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers from Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., today at 800-763-0964.

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