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What are the symptoms a doctor left something behind during surgery?

Surgery is stressful for you and your body. Many people suffer significant anxiety before going into an operation, and the recovery process can be long and painful.

Worse than one surgery is finding out you need a second one because the doctor made a mistake. After the recovery process is not going as planned, you may learn that the surgeon left a surgical sponge or other objects in your body during surgery.

This is what to watch for after going through surgery.

Unusual symptoms

Whether you are going through your first surgery, or you have had several, the recovery process may be different every time. When you are recovering, it may be challenging to know what is normal, and what symptoms indicate there is something wrong. Signs that the surgical team left an object behind during surgery may include:

  • Bloating
  • Swelling
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Pain in unusual places

Talk to your medical provider as soon as possible if you start to notice unusual symptoms. The longer foreign objects stay in your body, the more difficult they can be to find and remove.

A race against the clock

There are time limits for bringing a medical malpractice claim in Indiana. The clock starts ticking when the negligence took place.

In the case of a surgery where the doctor left something behind, you would have two years from the date of the operation to discover that something had gone wrong. If your doctor dismisses your concerns, it is in your best interest to seek another opinion.

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