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What happens if a doctor leaves something in me during surgery? Do they have to open me up again?
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In brief: Probably
Most things accidentally left behind, like sponges, could cause complications like bowel adhesions and scarring.
Another surgery would need to be done to remove a sponge. Other things, like surgical clips or grafts or prostheses, are designed so they will not cause problems when they are left inside the body.

In brief: Probably
Most things accidentally left behind, like sponges, could cause complications like bowel adhesions and scarring.
Another surgery would need to be done to remove a sponge. Other things, like surgical clips or grafts or prostheses, are designed so they will not cause problems when they are left inside the body.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Many "things" are left on purpose and cause no problems, titanium and steel clips, polypropylene stitches and mesh, silastic ports, pacers, and implants just to name a few.
If fully sterile, usually not a problem. If infected, may need to be removed.

In brief: Depends
Many "things" are left on purpose and cause no problems, titanium and steel clips, polypropylene stitches and mesh, silastic ports, pacers, and implants just to name a few.
If fully sterile, usually not a problem. If infected, may need to be removed.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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