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These Common Surgeries Have the Highest Death Rates

Complications — especially fatal ones — are the last thing anyone wants to think about when they learn they have to have surgery. And while most surgeries in the U.S. are statistically safe, you won’t find a single one that doesn’t come with risks. That includes everything from life-saving procedures to elective plastic surgery options.

Unfortunately, there are some fairly common surgeries and medical procedures with high mortality rates. After combing through recent medical research, there’s no denying the risks.

But first, the benefits of surgery

Close-up of surgeons hands holding surgical scissors and passing surgical equipment, motion blur background.

Close-up of surgeons hands holding surgical scissors and passing surgical equipment, motion blur background. The decision to undergo surgery is never an easy one. | Xmee/iStock/Getty Images

Obviously, the benefits of surgery typically outweigh the risks. Always arm yourself with information and talk to your doctor at length when a procedure is being considered. It’s very important that you have a doctor you trust — and it’s perfectly acceptable to get a second opinion.

If you need one of the following procedures, don’t panic, just know the risks.

Next: It’s common for this surgery to have seriously scary complications.

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