The Seven Deadly Operations


Just seven medical procedures account for 80 per cent of all deaths and complications from emergency medicine.

Around 15 per cent of patients will suffer complications—often requiring another hospital visit—and just over one per cent will die following emergency surgery.

But when researchers from the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston looked more closely at the numbers, they discovered the ‘dangerous seven’ procedures that account for almost all the deaths and complications.

The seven are:

Partial colectomy (removal of part of the colon)

Small-bowel resection

Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)

Peptic ulcer procedures

Removal of peritoneal (abdominal) adhesions


Laparotomy (to open the abdomen)

The other 28 procedures they investigated were relatively safe and had few complications, they discovered.

But if it’s an emergency procedure, what can anyone do about it? Plenty, say the researchers: for one, now that the ‘dangerous seven’ have finally been identified, medicine should find ways of making the procedures safer. Until they do, patients should check out the track-record of the surgeon performing the procedure to make sure they are in as safe a pair of hands as possible.

What Doctors Don’t Tell You

May 2016


Less Medical intervention is always best but sometimes in emergency situations we can not avoid them. Post surgical infections and hospital infections in general seem to be more of a concern today with all of these newer emerging super bug medication resistant pathogens. Anytime surgery is required for someone we like to advise them on getting a second opinion and try to nourish them with what we feel is the best supplement protocol for their needs. In worse case scenarios we also have a surgical protocol to help patients go through surgery and recover faster. Some of the worst times to have procedures done are holidays and during the summer months. Sometimes referred to as the “July effect.”

Dr. J

  1. #1 by Jerry Bartkus on May 3, 2016 - 11:37 am

    my niece just had her gall bladder removed and she said that many new mothers were having the same problem. Not sure if you had heard about any linkages.


  2. #2 by Dee on May 3, 2016 - 1:46 pm

    I had a small crack about one inch into my right hip on the out space in the crack The surgeon put in a plate, rod and many screws. I was in pain and on pain meds at the time In my right mind I would have gotten a second opinion.
    My leg is shorter and very unsteady. They say if will get better with time. It has been a year and
    a half. I have very mild osteopenia. Do not get an operation unless you really have to.


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