These Common Surgeries Have the Highest Death Rates

No one wants to consider complications when they undergo surgery. Medical research shows even the most statistically safe surgeries come with risks. Unfortunately, some common surgeries and procedures have high mortality rates, including one with a death rate of 32% (page 10).  We’ll also take a quick look at why you should consider surgery, even if you’re afraid of possible complications.

1. Stomach ulcer surgery

A woman holding her stomach while sitting in an office.

Stomach ulcer survery is relatively common. | PRImageFactory/iStock/Getty Images

  • Mortality rate: 6.8%
  • Complications: recurring ulceration, iron deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, and folate deficiency

According to a recent study, 42% of those who had stomach ulcer surgery experienced complications. Luckily, surgery on stomach ulcers is much less common than it used to be.

NextYou’ll have to spend time in the ICU after this complicated surgery. 

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