At a glance

Foreign body removal is the surgical retrieval of objects like glass or splinters found in human soft tissue. Mostly, foreign bodies pass out naturally through our systems without any interventional procedures, whereas, in about ten to twenty per cent of cases, endoscopic and surgical removal is required.

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 fluoroscopy as a guide and an endoscope, 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.

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.


This website was designed to offer information relating to surgical conditions. Dr Amisha Maraj will not be liable for any patient who misinterepts the content, or any inaccuracy, misconceptions, oversights or omissions on this website. In the event of an emergency please go to your nearest casualty or Life Brenthurst casualty. If you are concerned that you have symptoms or a medical illness please seek urgent appropriate healthcare.