How Surgery Is Like Flying

by Leigh Ann Otte

Part of what makes surgery so scary is we’re not in control. It’s like flying in an airplane. No matter the statistics, we’re not at the wheel, and that’s disconcerting.

Of course, letting others take over is a good thing sometimes. Doing surgery on ourselves isn’t ideal, though some try. But putting our life in the hands of someone else—while we’re completely unconscious—well, no wonder it makes us nervous.

This week’s featured article answers three questions about surgery, to help you feel more comfortable and informed. One question spotlights anesthesia. In the 1980s, our doctor writes, two in 10,000 people died of anesthesia-related causes. By 2000, “that number had decreased to one in every 200,000 to 300,000.” You can read the article here: “3 Surgery FAQs.”

At least there are a few things we can control: Picking a good doctor and a good hospital gives us a leg up. Now if only we could pick our own pilots. And plane.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a professional writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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One Response to “How Surgery Is Like Flying”

  1. Simson Deli Says:

    I am one of the people who are afraid of having surgeries.. i just think that this kind of medical procedure is too extreme.. i am afraid to risk my life into something like this..
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