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Can someone die in a brain surgery?

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Surgery: Every surgery has risks including death. Risks depend on general patient' health, type of surgery, equipment, skills and many other factors. There are no simple answer to your question.
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Brain: Risk of death during an elective neurosurgical procedure is rare these days. At the turn of the last century death during brain surgery was extremely high. These days a death during an elective brain surgery runs in the 1% range.

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Can someone who had brain surgery drink?

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Dr. Lynn Bartl
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Not Recomended: If you are asking about the intake of alcoholic beverages, the answer is generally no. Patients may be at increased risk for seizure around the time of brain surgery. Alcohol lowers the seizure threshold and may contribute to a post-operative seizure. Consult your doctor about your risk for seizure and a reasonable plan to enjoy a small amount of alcoholic beverages after surgical recovery.

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