The chances are good you have had or known someone who has had a routine operation or procedure in California. Such medical care is called “routine” because it is something done quite often and therefore a procedure that doctors know how to do well. However, despite this, there is always a chance something could go wrong. No surgical procedure is without risk.

According to CNN, the risks of a routine surgery are increased based on your medical history. For example, one of the most common issues is bleeding. If you have clotting problems, there is a chance you could bleed out if an artery is nicked during surgery. Your risks for complications increase if you have pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, obesity or heart conditions. 

In addition, there is a chance that doctor error could lead to problems. Mistakes made by medical professionals is the third leading cause of death. It occurs often and routine surgeries are not exempt. 

The bottom line is that even a common surgery poses possible risks. There is never a guarantee that everything will go off without a problem. You should always be completely upfront and honest about your health with your doctor before any operation. Disclose all important information, such as allergies and previous surgeries. Finally, always make sure you really need a surgery before having it done. If you do not need to have a procedure done, then it may be in your best interest to forego it. This information is for education only and not be taken as legal advice.