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What makes a bullet "too risky" to remove surgically?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine

In brief: Close to vital organ

If the bullet is superficial and easy to remove is one thing, but if it is deep and close to vital organs.
.Blood vessels/nerve etc...Cutting and fiddling to remove it may do more harm than good. Often, the bullet is "scarred/sealed in" a normally does not cause much problem...So, if the doc/surgeon believes it is too risky to remove, leave it alone. Avoid guns! consult your doc.. Good luck.

In brief: Close to vital organ

If the bullet is superficial and easy to remove is one thing, but if it is deep and close to vital organs.
.Blood vessels/nerve etc...Cutting and fiddling to remove it may do more harm than good. Often, the bullet is "scarred/sealed in" a normally does not cause much problem...So, if the doc/surgeon believes it is too risky to remove, leave it alone. Avoid guns! consult your doc.. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine

In brief: Risky bullets

Usually it is a matter of the proximity to a vital structure, particularly when the bullet is near specific nerves, the spinal cord, in the brain, or near the heart.
The process of surgical removal sometimes can cause more damage than the bullet itself.

In brief: Risky bullets

Usually it is a matter of the proximity to a vital structure, particularly when the bullet is near specific nerves, the spinal cord, in the brain, or near the heart.
The process of surgical removal sometimes can cause more damage than the bullet itself.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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