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Sponges account for more than 2/3 of reported objects left inside the body after a surgery. This is because sponges are easily compacted into incisions and often turn the same color as the surrounding fluids they absorb. Some surgical procedures involve hundreds of sponges, which makes them difficult to keep track of.

Other objects left inside the body after a surgery include: 

  • towels;
  • gauze;
  • needles;
  • broken scalpel blades;
  • surgical tubing; and
  • clamps. 

In many cases, objects left inside the body are discovered when the patient complains of pain or discomfort in the surgery area. Although in some cases, no symptoms are present and the object is discovered through an unrelated imaging scan.

When objects left inside the body are discovered, they usually require additional surgery to remove. When discovered, objects left inside the body are cause for a medical malpractice claim. By filing a medical malpractice claim in Virginia, you can seek damages for the additional expenses, recovery time and pain and suffering the surgical team's negligence caused.

The major issue with objects left inside the body is the fact that additional treatment and procedures are needed to correct the surgical error. Your medical malpractice claim filed with the assistance of an attorney can help you recover the damages these additional medical treatments create.

Contacting a Fairfax Medical Malpractice Attorney

You don't have to deal with insurance companies and hospitals alone when you're looking to file a medical malpractice case in Virginia. Fairfax medical malpractice attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their medical malpractice claims.

For more information about Medical Malpractice Cases, you can download a FREE copy of my book, Why Most Medical Malpractice Victims Never Recover a Dime, from my website. You can also contact BenGlassLaw at (703) 584-7277 or by filling out at contact form at

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