Foreign body removal, as the name suggests, aims at removing or retrieving any foreign object that has been introduced in the digestive tract purposefully or accidentally. While smaller objects may pass through the digestive system and will be eventually passed out along with the stools, larger ones are at risk of getting stuck and clogging the gastrointestinal tract. In near about 80 per cent of the cases, the patient is a child or toddler, as they are more likely to swallow small objects. Foreign body removal may be done via endoscopic means or using surgical intervention, depending upon the size of the object that has been swallowed.
This is done by first evaluating the size of the object, its position and location. This is done by using x-ray imaging guidance. This helps to devise a proper treatment plan that is to be followed throughout.