Having surgery comes with a specific set of risks. When a patient is cut open or has to be placed under anesthesia, they face potential risks. The anesthesia could set off an allergic reaction or even cause death to a patient. Cutting the skin can introduce bacteria to the wound, which may lead to an infection.
Even though there are risks with all surgeries, there are some that are more dangerous than others. Here are 10 of the most dangerous surgeries:
- Pancreatectomy: Removal of the pancreas
- Septal myotomy: Reduction in the thickness of the heart muscle
- Gastric bypass: Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery
- Esophagectomy: Reconstruction of part of the esophagus
- Thoracic aortic dissection repair: Fixing a tear in the innermost layer of the heart
- Bladder cystectomy: Removal or all or part of the bladder
- Spinal osteomyelitis: Treatment for a spinal infection
- Coronary revascularization: Rerouting of blood flow around a clogged artery
- Craniectomy: Removal of a part of the skull
- Ventricular restoration: A treatment for congestive heart failure
The risks that come with these procedures range from death or paralysis to decreased blood flow or reduction in function. Despite the fact that these are the most dangerous examples, there are still instances in which they are the only option that might allow the person to live a full life. When something does go wrong, there might be legal avenues that the patient can explore for seeking financial compensation, especially if they weren’t adequately warned of the risks or were the victim of medical negligence by their health care providers.