GŁ;ndüz K, Celenk P, Kayipmaz S. An unusual foreign body (suturing needle) in the tonsillar region. J Contemp Dent Pract. 2004 Nov 15;5(4):148-54.
There’s an awful lot of these.
Kominami M, Fujikawa A, Tamura T, Naoi Y, Horikawa O. Retained surgical sponge in the thigh: report of the third known case in the limb. Radiat Med. 2003 Sep-Oct;21(5):220-2.
Surgical sponges have been left inside people with such frequency that they invented a word to describe it: gossypiboma.
Want more? Another case report.
Reddy PK, Ramamoorthy R, Venkatsubramanian R, Muralidharan M. Laparoscopic removal of an artery forceps. JSLS. 2003 Jul-Sep;7(3):261-3.
This ain’t no wussy needle or piece of gauze. We’re talking about a sizable piece of medical instrumentation.
Abid Q, Devbhandari M, Davies H, Carr M. Missing washer of the rib approximator? An easily overlooked foreign body. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2003 Jun;2(2):108-10.
This is what a rib approximator looks like. It is used to help close the chest following thoracic/cardiac surgery.
Rodrigues D, Perez NE, Hammer PM, Webber JD. Laparoscopic removal of a retained intra-abdominal ribbon malleable retractor after 14 years. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2006 Aug;16(4):369-71.
Near as I can tell, a ribbon malleable retractor is just a long flat piece of bendable metal that they use to pry open your innards.