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The risk of dying during surgery

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2023 | Surgical Error

If you have surgery in a California hospital, there is a risk that you could experience a number of complications. This is true regardless of how routine a procedure may seem when it is explained to you. The fatality risk depends on a number of factors such as your age, weight and your tolerance for anesthesia.

Your lifestyle matters

Generally speaking, a person who is physically active is less likely to experience complications during or after surgery. If you smoke, drink alcohol excessively or have high cholesterol, you may also be more likely to experience complications during surgery that can lead to your death. This is because these factors may make it harder to breathe or make it harder for your blood to clot. Ultimately, this can lead to excessive blood loss or other problems that you can’t overcome.

Surgical errors play a role

A surgical error significantly increases your risk of dying even if you are healthy. For example, if a surgeon cuts through an artery, you might bleed out before action can be taken to save your life. During an especially serious procedure, you may be kept alive with machines while doctors work to fix heart or other organs. If the machinery fails, you could lose oxygen and fail to make it out of the procedure alive.

If you are killed during surgery, your family may have grounds to take legal action against several parties. These parties may include your surgeon, the hospital where the surgery occurred and any companies that made equipment that failed during a procedure. Medical records, surgeon statements and other evidence may be used during settlement talks or during a trial to help your family obtain a positive outcome.