Foreign Body Removal

We can remove foreign bodies in our clinic. A foreign body is an object or entity in the body that has been introduced from outside.

When should I have a foreign body removal: When you have been punctured by an object and its remnants remain in your body it is important that the wound is explored to try and retrieve the foreign body before infection or complication occurs. The decision to remove a foreign body is based on symptoms, risk of complications, or if the body is producing pain. Examples of common foreign bodies include fish hooks, glass, plastic, and pencil lead.

What to expect when you come in the clinic: The doctor will first explain the procedure in detail to you and allow you to answer any questions you may have at that time. They will then have you sign a consent giving them permission to remove the foreign body. Before the procedure an X-Ray may need to be taken. If an object has broken off inside of you, an X-Ray may be able to show us exactly where the foreign body is located. It may also show us the size of the foreign body. First the area that has been punctured will be cleaned with Betadine. Local anesthesia may or may not be used depending on the location of the foreign body. Anesthesia will be used for deeply embedded objects for painless exploration.

The doctor will remove the foreign body with the appropriate tools. The area will then be re-cleaned and a topical antibiotic may be applied. After the procedure you will then be offered a Tetanus vaccine if you are not currently up to date. You will be given instructions on after care, which you should follow to ensure successful healing. You may possibly be put on a course of oral antibiotics to prevent infection.

What should I expect afterwards: This procedure is normally done without complication. Your skin may feel sore after the object was removed. This is normal and should subside within a couple of days. Keep the wound clean and dry. Ask your healthcare provider about proper bathing methods. Contact us immediately if you have a fever, if your wound is red, swollen, draining pus, or if pain is intensifying without reason.