Case Report

Journal of Robotic Surgery

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 45-47

First online:

To forget is human: the case of the retained bulb

  • Khaled SakhelAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Eastern Virginia Medical School Email author 
  • , James HinesAffiliated withValley OBGYN Clinic PC

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The scenario of a forgotten instrument or foreign body has plagued surgical procedures from the early days. It has been estimated that the incidence of retained foreign bodies is around one in every 1,000–1,500 intra-abdominal operations and can be expected to occur at least once per year in hospitals where 8,000–18,000 major surgeries are performed annually. We report a case of a forgotten asepto bulb in the vagina following a robot-assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy.


Robotic Hysterectomy Retained foreign body Pneumoperitoneum