Foreign object in Incision site after appendectomy


Q: I had an appendectomy 4 weeks ago. I noticed site on left side of stomach not healing so I was tryin to remove the piece of scab I thought was stickin out, it turned out to be a loop of string of cotton, tried pulling out with cotton forceps with no luck. Any suggestions what it can be from or how doctor is going to et out tomorrow?


A:   Your description suggest a portion of guaze which was used during your operation has somehow gotten stuck in your wound. Your surgeon will most likley attempt the same procedure you did but with special instruments. If that fails, then a small incsion may have to be made to remove the foreign object. This would be done after the area was anesthetized.

Related Q&A

Q: I went for a jog the other day. The lower right side of my abdomen hurt pretty bad afterwards when I was breathing he...

Q: Is the appendix on the left side or the right side? I am having moderate to severe sharp stabbing pain on left side. ...

Q: Can I start jogging again 17 days after a appendectomy? My scars are still hard below skin but almost all healed. sti...

Q: I'm scared of surgery and the doctor said my appendix is weak. She said that I should be feeling a sharp pain in my a...

Q: About a year and half ago, I began having minor pain in my right abdomen (sort of a dull ache). Sometimes it’s...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon