These Common Surgeries Have the Highest Death Rates

No one wants to consider complications when they undergo surgery. The odds are in your favor, but some common procedures still involve fatalities. These are the most dangerous surgeries, ranked by their mortality rates. One heart-related procedure has a death rate of 32% (page 10).

1. Spinal osteomyelitis surgery

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  • Mortality rate: 6.9%
  • Complications: secondary infection

Antibiotics take care of most spinal infections, so requiring spinal osteomyelitis surgery is unusual. However, when you need it, the complex procedure will remove the spine’s infected disk or disks. Recovery can be quite painful.

Next: This surgery requires delicate physical reconstruction.

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