Going under the knife can be extremely terrifying. You may feel as though you don’t know your surgeon well enough, or you may not know what the side effects will be once everything is complete. You’ll be happy to know that most operations are fairly safe, and hospitals are equipped to handle any situation that may occur. However, there are some medical procedures that are risker than others.
The sad fact is that many of the most common procedures performed every day can be dangerous to the body. These surgeries can have serious repercussions like pneumonia, tissue death, increased risk of cancer, nerve damage, and even death in some circumstances. They can also cause long-term pain, which may be worse than the surgery itself – especially for cosmetic operations.
While all of this can be scary, many of these procedures are absolutely necessary to prevent more issues down the line. Sometimes, not getting the surgery can be worse.
With that being said, it’s always important to know the risks involved with every medical procedure. Seemingly simple surgeries can be pretty hard on the body. From breast reductions to circumcision, we take a look at ten of the riskiest medical procedures around.
1 of 15 Breast Reduction
Physically, there’s always the potential for scarring or poor workmanship when getting a breast reduction. One of the most common is decreased sensitivity in the nipple area, which occurs up to 70% of the time. Additionally, there's a chance that you could experience tissue necrosis (aka tissue death), excessive firmness, deep vein thrombosis, or persistent pain. After the surgery, the breast reduction also has a chance to interfere with certain diagnostic procedures, limit the ability to breastfeed, and can alter the outcome after pregnancy.