Officials at Sagamihara Chuo Hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture said Tuesday that a doctor left a piece of gauze in a patient's body after an operation last May.
According to officials, while performing surgery to remove a 39-year-old female patient's inflamed appendix, the doctor completed the operation successfully but forgot a small bit of gauze used during the procedure. The gauze was used during the procedure to assist the doctor in keeping the open site clean and free of visual obstructions.
TV Asahi reported Wednesday that when the woman came back for a follow-up examination, an X-ray exam revealed a small piece of the gauze inside the woman's body.
The hospital has made a formal apology to the woman, and is scheduled to perform an outpatient procedure to extract the gauze, officials said.© Japan Today