REMOVAL OF FOREIGN BODIES IN SOFT TISSUES/WOUNDS
At a glance
Foreign body removal is the surgical retrieval of objects like glass or splinters found in human soft tissue. Evaluating and removing the foreign body depends on the type and how it was introduced into the body. For example, an x-ray of the throat and oesophagus will help determine if a foreign body is stuck there. Alternatively, when something like a piece of wood is embedded in the soft tissue or skin, a CT scan and x-ray will help confirm this.
What surgery involves
If you suspect that a soft tissue foreign body is present, contact Dr Maraj immediately. The procedure she decides to perform will depend on your symptoms and the type of foreign body stuck in the tissues.
Ultrasound and x-ray are often utilised to locate and view the foreign body. By using a C-arm X-ray machine as a guide, Dr Maraj will remove the foreign body by capturing detailed images of the procedure on a monitor. She can remove foreign matter (glass or wood) embedded in the soft tissues through these images. Thereafter the soft tissues and skin will be sutured in layers using absorbable sutures and techniques to minimise the scar.
Risks & complications
With any surgery, there are possible risks. For example, you may develop an allergy to contrast material such as iodinated substances. In addition, inform Dr Maraj about any medical conditions you currently have or chronic medications you take prior to the procedure. While complications are rare, they may still occur.
Therefore, it is essential to know that guidelines and protocols are followed to prevent complications, and you will be monitored closely for complications such as perforation, bleeding, or infection. This will be appropriately treated and may require hospitalisation and further intervention.
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