Leaving Objects in a Patient’s Body By Tod Aronovitz | 05/03/19 | 0 Comment

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Thousands of incidents occur every year involving surgical patients leaving the hospital with surgical instruments or foreign objects being accidentally left in their bodies. These are known as retained object cases. The retained objects commonly consist of sponges, towels, needles, wires, clamps, retractors and even surgical gloves. They can cause severe pain and infection. They may even lead to the cause of a patient’s death. 

Issues involving retained objects are entirely preventable. Someone, usually a nurse or surgical technician, in the operating room is required to maintain a record of what foreign objects go into a patient and what foreign objects come out. Fatigue and disorder, especially in emergency surgeries requiring multiple procedures and surgical teams can contribute to foreign objects being retained in a patient. According to the attorneys at Aronovitz Law in Miami, even soft objects like surgical sponges will collect bacteria over time and lead to complications that can threaten a patient’s life. 

What comes to issue in retained objects cases is that the victim will likely require another surgery to retrieve the object and repair the damage that it did while it was inside of the body. Sometimes that damage is irreparable. A second surgery that should never have been required is going to impact a patient physically, financially and emotionally. Every case is different, but here are some of the damages that a Miami malpractice attorney at Aronovitz Law may seek in a retained object case:

  • Medical bills;
  • Lost earnings;
  • Any permanent disability;
  • Any permanent disfigurement;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Loss of companionship and services for the patient’s spouse; and
  • Diminished quality of life.


If you have learned that a surgical team left a foreign object in your body after a surgery, contact a Miami medical negligence attorney from Aronovitz Law right away to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. We want to learn about what happened to you. We promise to answer your questions and advise you on your complete range of legal options.