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

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Close to vital organ

Blood
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.
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Risky bullets

Heart
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.
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