8-Inch Forceps Left in Patient During Operation

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Forceps Left in Patient During Operation - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.

A surgery is scary for all of us because so many things can go wrong. And there's the chance that the doctors might leave something in our bodies. This happens more often than patients would like to see.

A man in England had to have follow-up surgery at East Kent Hospital after the surgeons left their forceps surgical tool inside the patient’s body. Doctors noticed the mistake when the man came in for a postoperative X-ray. Two similar incidents were reported in nearby Medway Maritime Hospital, where drill bits broke off or were left in surgery patients, but the doctors decided it was best to just leave them in. Dr Mike Smith, vice chairman of the Patients' Association, said: "If the dangers of going in again to remove it are greater than leaving it there, that’s something that needs to be assessed at the time.” There is an ongoing investigation into the forceps incident.

Have you ever gone through a medical procedure in which the doctor made a mistake?