Foreign Body Removal at Miami-Dade Walk-in Centers

A foreign body is an external object, such as a shard of glass or a splinter, that gets lodged in the soft tissue beneath the skin. You may accidentally inhale or swallow a foreign body, or you may get one from an injury to almost any part of your body. Foreign body removal is most common among children, who sometimes stick things in their mouths, ears, and noses, but it is not uncommon among adults. If left in place or improperly removed, a foreign body can sometimes cause infection or damage surrounding tissues.

How Our Urgent Care Can Help

You can walk in to any nearby UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center without an appointment and be seen quickly by a UHealth – University of Miami Health System board-certified doctor.

First, we’ll perform an examination to evaluate the location and size of the foreign body. If necessary, all of our urgent care centers are equipped to provide an x-ray on-site to identify the foreign body.

The foreign body removal process can vary significantly depending upon where the object is located and how deeply lodged into the body it is. Often, the foreign body is gently removed with a special tool, such as a tweezer or scalpel.

If the removal process creates a break in the skin, we will apply a topical antibiotic and provide instructions on how to keep the area clean and dry as it heals. In some cases, our doctors will prescribe an oral antibiotic or provide a tetanus shot to prevent infection.

Most Common Questions

Do I need an appointment to receive a foreign body removal?

No, you can walk in to any UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center without an appointment to receive a foreign body removal. Click here to view the hours for an urgent care center near you. Our urgent cares are located in Country Walk, Cutler Bay, Doral, Keystone Point, and North Dade.

When should I visit an urgent care center for a foreign body removal?

Foreign body removal is necessary whenever external objects enter the body, either through accidental force, ingestion or inhalation. It is important that the foreign body is removed before infection or complication occurs.

Where are objects that require foreign body removal most commonly found?

Foreign bodies are most commonly found in the skin, ears, eyes, and nose, though they can be found throughout the body.

What are common objects found in the body that require foreign body removal?

Common objects that accidentally enter the body and require foreign body removal include: splinters, nails, glass, small toys, pins, coins, buttons, batteries, metal, and more.

How much does a foreign body removal cost?

If you have insurance, your foreign body removal may be covered by your insurance plan. You may have to pay a copay and/or a deductible. If you don’t have insurance, we offer a self-pay option for foreign body removal. Click here to view our price list.

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Walk in to one of five easy-to-find locations—all with plenty of parking—and our teams will strive to have you in-and-out within an hour. No appointment necessary.

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We accept most major insurance plans and offer competitive self-pay pricing options. Click here to learn more about the cost of our services and payment options.

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Accepted Insurance

To aid with your care, we accept most major insurance plans, which offer lower copays for urgent care, as opposed to ER visits.

Self-Pay Options

If you don’t have insurance, that’s OK. You’ll pay reasonable rates based on the level of care needed. Our prices are competitive and comparable to other local providers.

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