A medical mishap How to start this? Ok, 14 years ago, my mother had bypass surgery. She has been having problems with her hips and one knee for quite a few years now. The end of last week, she had an x-ray done on her hips and knee. She got the results back today, and lo and behold!!!!, a clamp from her bypass was left in her leg. Acutally, from what the doc said, it was more than 1. She is going to have other tests to see if there was some reason that they should have been left in there on Monday. For those of you who may not know, when you have bypass surgery, they take good arteries, in my mother's case, out of her leg, and transplant them to the heart. Why in god's name would a surgeon leave clamps in them. From what he said, it may be 1..or more. I have always read about things like this happening, but never really knew anyone that it happened to. I am going with her next week to her doctor so I can ask him these questions. If it were left in there inadvertantly, should I at the very least inform the surgeon..or just let it rest? If she needs to have surgery to remove those clamps, you bet your butt I will be complaining.