According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Hospital Episode Statistics case reports for 2010-2019 in order to determine the number of rectal foreign bodies that were removed from patients during hospitalization. As of 2019, an estimated 3,500 such objects had been removed over a span of nine years – with males comprising 85.1% and females constituting 14.9%.
What does foreign body removal mean?
Foreign body removal is a procedure that is used to remove objects from the body that are not naturally present. It can be used for a variety of reasons, including to remove an object that has been swallowed or lodged in the ear, nose, throat, airway, or skin. The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis and typically requires local anesthesia. In some cases, the usage of sedation may be necessary depending on the location and size of the object.
If a patient ingests or inserts something into the body, such as an object mistakenly consumed or inadvertently inserted, they may be subject to foreign bodies. Accidental ingestion of objects can put patients at risk for complications; some necessitate assistance from an emergency room physician in order to remove them safely and without discomfort.
In this process, tools like forceps, scissors, and hooks are used for the removal of a foreign body. If the object is a foreign body and it becomes embedded in surrounding soft tissue or bone, surgery may be necessary to remove it. If you suspect having a foreign body inside you, it’s best to talk to your emergency doctor or fam physician. They will offer the prophylaxis needed.
Our Beverly Hills medical practice is able to remove many foreign bodies from the skin, ear, nose, eye and other locations that do not require sedation. We also have house call doctors available to evaluate patients and assess if this is something we can assist with.
How does the process work?
Contact our office and let us know the location and the object that has gotten stuck. We will then let you know if this is something we can assist with. Schedule an office visit or house call and have one of our physicians assist you with the removal.
What is considered a foreign body?
A foreign body is any object that is not naturally present in the body. This can include anything from a splinter to a piece of jewelry. Foreign bodies can be anything from a piece of plastic to a piece of metal. In some cases, they can be deadly if not removed in time.
In any case, if a metallic foreign body becomes lodged within the body, it can cause a variety of health issues, such as infections and pain. If you or someone you know is experiencing complications due to an ingested object or foreign body, don’t wait; seek professional help right away.
Types of foreign bodies
Inhaled foreign bodies
Inhaled foreign bodies can be a scary and dangerous situation, but luckily there are ways to remove them safely. If a foreign body, such as a small toy, nut, or seed, is inhaled, it can cause symptoms such as coughing, choking, throat pain, and difficulty breathing. In some cases, the foreign body may need to be removed by a clinician. Although it can be scary, medical professionals have the right tools and techniques to remove the object and provide relief safely.
In the alimentary tract
When foreign bodies get lodged in the alimentary tract, emergency medical intervention is often required. If a patient exhibits signs of abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, or a foreign body is visible in the throat, emergency operating room physicians may recommend endoscopic procedures to locate and remove the foreign body from the alimentary tract. Endoscopy allows doctors to locate and retrieve items that have been swallowed, including coins and small toys. Knowing when to seek medical attention for a foreign body lodged in the alimentary tract can help prevent potentially life-threatening complications.
In the skin
From splinters to slivers, foreign bodies can be found in the skin. These materials can cause a range of symptoms, including inflammation, infection, and even abscesses. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove the foreign body surgically. While this is an invasive procedure, it can help to rid the skin of unwanted intruders and restore health. If foreign bodies stay on the skin, it may cause tetanus as well.
In the eye
Foreign body removal is an essential service for those who are unfortunate enough to come into contact with sharp, jagged, or otherwise potentially damaging debris in their eyes during a task or accident. An experienced medical practitioner can aid in the removal of such materials, perhaps most notably glass shards and metal fragments.
In the ear, anus, vagina, or nose
When a foreign body is accidentally lodged in the ear, anus, vagina, or nose, it can cause pain and discomfort and can also lead to infection. In these cases, the removal of the foreign body is necessary and can be done by a healthcare professional. It’s important to take care when removing foreign bodies from any sensitive area in order to avoid injury or further complications.
Particles in the air, such as pollen and dust, may infiltrate the respiratory tract or eyes. In fact, these small particles may trigger allergies; however, they are not always a medical emergency. However, if you’re suffering from severe cough and irritation in your lungs, you should visit your nearest emergency department.