Author(s): Andrzej Modrzejewski (ABD), Tomasz Nowak (BCDE), Miros?aw Parafiniuk (ABD), Ewa Zamojska-Ko?ciów (BD), Bo?ena Gorzkowicz (DF), Dominik Ko? (F)
Introduction. Retained surgical foreign bodies are still a serious and underestimated problem. There are few data and publications on this undesirable event in the Polish literature. Despite the lack of a relationship with sex, these events are much commoner in gynecological and obstetric surgeries. Aim. The aim was to analyze surgeries during which a foreign body was retained in the abdominal cavity. The analysis involves 7 cases of retained surgical foreign bodies after gynecological and obstetric procedures. Results. Of the 7 cases, 3 events took place during a cesarean section, 3 during a laparotomy conducted for hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy and 1 during a laparotomy conducted for adnexectomy. The average duration of the surgeries was 90 minutes (35–150 minutes). Conclusion. Based on the case analysis, we propose principles for the management and control of surgical tools and dressing materials to help prevent such events.