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How likely is it to die while having eye surgery?

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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: < 1/200K cataract

If you mean cataracts? <1 in 200, 000.
How many patients went to hospital post op from eye center in last 2 yrs. How many stay after at eye facility > two hours. This will give you an idea of the safety. Worse things than death happen. Avoid a facility with a rate of more than one per 2000 for any answer from above q's. How many get nausea? < 1 per 150 is good. Other surg? Very different #'s.

In brief: < 1/200K cataract

If you mean cataracts? <1 in 200, 000.
How many patients went to hospital post op from eye center in last 2 yrs. How many stay after at eye facility > two hours. This will give you an idea of the safety. Worse things than death happen. Avoid a facility with a rate of more than one per 2000 for any answer from above q's. How many get nausea? < 1 per 150 is good. Other surg? Very different #'s.
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Very unlikely

Complications can occur during any procedure or any anesthetic, but eye surgery and any associated anesthetic are both low risk regardless of the patient's medical problems.
It would be extremely rare to have a major complication during eye surgery, especially if you are under the care of a board certified anesthesiologist and ophthalmologist.

In brief: Very unlikely

Complications can occur during any procedure or any anesthetic, but eye surgery and any associated anesthetic are both low risk regardless of the patient's medical problems.
It would be extremely rare to have a major complication during eye surgery, especially if you are under the care of a board certified anesthesiologist and ophthalmologist.
Dr. Scott Roethle
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Very rare

It depends on the patient's health and type of anesthesia used.
A cataract extracted using numbing eye drops has an extremely low chance of death. Retrobulbar block has very rare complications. Diving your car is probably more dangerous. General anesthesia depends most on the patient's health.

In brief: Very rare

It depends on the patient's health and type of anesthesia used.
A cataract extracted using numbing eye drops has an extremely low chance of death. Retrobulbar block has very rare complications. Diving your car is probably more dangerous. General anesthesia depends most on the patient's health.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Death during surgery

It is very unlikely that you would die during eye surgery.

In brief: Death during surgery

It is very unlikely that you would die during eye surgery.
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
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Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unlikely

very very rare to have a intraoperative death

In brief: Unlikely

very very rare to have a intraoperative death
Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unlikely

The risks of complications with eye surgery are low (especially death).
Those who die under anesthesia (very very rare) are almost always very sick and near death prior to surgery.

In brief: Unlikely

The risks of complications with eye surgery are low (especially death).
Those who die under anesthesia (very very rare) are almost always very sick and near death prior to surgery.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Richard Grisoli
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Almost impossible

Almost impossible.

In brief: Almost impossible

Almost impossible.
Dr. Richard Grisoli
Dr. Richard Grisoli
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