The Riskiest Medical Procedures

As much as we’d like to think that all medical procedures end with a mantle full of get well soon cards, it isn’t always the case. Surgery, however routine, is dangerous business. Knives, rubber gloves, face masks, blood … it’s not for the faint of heart.

It’s important to note Healthversed’s intention isn’t to scare you away from your family doctor. Having said that, knowing is more than half the battle when tasked with making any health care decision. Some people would rather not know how dangerous their medical procedure truly is, and we get that. But this article isn’t for those people.

Today on Healthversed, we scrub-up and explore (in no particular order) the riskiest medical procedures in the business. Let’s go!


Easily one of the most dangerous surgical procedures in the field, the craniectomy involves removing a section of the skull (using power tools) to reduce swelling or bleeding around the brain. In the case of a craniotomy, the portion of skull is removed and replaced after surgery has been completed, but a craniectomy is different.

With a craniectomy, the removed portion of the skull can go weeks, and even months before being fully replaced. Rendering the patient’s recovery period just as, if not more, dangerous than the procedure itself.

An individual recovering from a craniectomy is required to take extra care in protecting their skull. And even then, a full recovery may not be possible.

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