Journal of Robotic Surgery

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 45–47

To forget is human: the case of the retained bulb

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s11701-009-0129-7

Cite this article as:
Sakhel, K. & Hines, J. J Robotic Surg (2009) 3: 45. doi:10.1007/s11701-009-0129-7


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.


RoboticHysterectomyRetained foreign bodyPneumoperitoneum

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.Valley OBGYN Clinic PCSaginawUSA