Medical devices in the abdomen and pelvis

Medical devices in the abdomen and pelvis are important to be recognised, just like medical devices of the chest. Often we ignore these devices, considering them to be incidental and non-pathological, however it is essential to be aware of potential complications.

Post-operative devices

  • surgical sutures, staples, clips, and glue
  • surgical sponges
    • most common retained surgical foreign body is a laparotomy cotton sponge
    • it can be easily identified on radiographs by a 'ribbon-like' characteristic marker (see: gossypiboma)
  • surgical needles, ties
  • surgical drains, e.g. closed-wound suction drains, gravity drains, sump drains
  • biliary drains and stents: T-tube, biliary stent (e.g. Cook stent)
  • metallic stents: vascular stents, self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS)
  • embolisation coils
  • endo clip or haemo clip
  • IVC filters
  • vascular grafts, e.g. aortobi-iliac bypass grafts
  • haemodialysis reliable output (HeRO) catheters
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Article information

rID: 16474
Section: Gamuts
Tags: devices, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Medical devices of abdomen
  • Medical devices of pelvis
  • Abdomen medical devices
  • Medical devices of abdomen and pelvis
  • Abdominal medical devices
  • Pelvic medical devices
  • Abdominopelvic medical devices

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    Case 1: artificial urethral sphincter
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    Case 2: IUCD intra-uterine contraceptive device
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    Case 3: vaginal pessary
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    Case 4: penile implant
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    Case 5: retained laparotomy sponge
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    Case 6: biliary stenting procedure - guide wire
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    Case 7: renal artery stent
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    Case 8: tubal ligation clips
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    Case 9: intrauterine pessary (with leiomyomas)
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    Case 10: anti-incontinence device (displaced)
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    Case 11: gastric lap band - slipped
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    Case 12: gastric pacemaker
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    Case 14: tandem and ovoids
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    Case 15: Lippes loop
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    Case 16: IVC filter
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    Case 17: vaginal cube pessary
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    Case 18: penile implant
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    Case 19: splenic embolisation coils
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    Case 20: ureteric stent
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    Case 21: retained surgical pack and ureteric stent
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    Case 22: spring like hernia repair mesh anchors
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    Case 23: retained surgical retractor
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    Case 24: gastric pacemaker
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    Case 25: capsule endoscope
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    Case 26: vaginal ring pessary
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    Case 27: ESSURE contraceptive device
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    Case 28: tampon
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    Case 29: sacral interstim,Bravo ph probe, Sitz markers
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    Case 30: endo clip or hemo clip
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    Case 31: HeRO catheter
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    Case 32: displaced peritoneal dialysis catheter
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    Case 33: Mobin-Uddin umbrella filter
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    Case 34: Malecot tube
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    Case 35: gastrostomy button
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    Case 36: SPC stuck in urethra
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    Case 37: renal transplant stent
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    Case 38: artifical uretral sphincter
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    Case 39: fetal monitoring equipment
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    Case 40: jejunostomy and gastrostomy tubes
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    Case 41: mamometry tube
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    Case 42: patency capsule
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    Case 45: migrated gastric balloon
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