What you should know about the risks of surgery

Dear patients, dear guests,

Nobody wants to be operated on. If it were possible, we would all find another way to achieve the desired results. In what is already a difficult and unpleasant situation, patients also have to deal with their concerns about the potential risks of a surgical procedure. Their fear that something could go wrong during the operation is generally a major factor. In my opinion, this fear prevents some people from making the right decision and causes unnecessary stress.

Why is this? Unlike other ‘risky activities’, such as sports, driving or flying, we are not in complete control and nor are we so well informed about the risks that we truly understand them. Nowadays, for example, airline passengers can be reassured by pointing out the fact that getting to the airport is the most dangerous part of their journey. But what about surgery? There are still far too few statistics and comprehensible analyses. This part of the website is our attempt at helping to inform you by presenting our risk analysis in a clear and comprehensible manner. In doing this, we are not afraid to include details which other providers would traditionally rather conceal. We are prepared to do this because we are convinced of the quality of our work and endeavour every single day to reduce the risk of a given surgical procedure even further.

While it might not make an operation more pleasant or even enjoyable, you will see there is no need to be afraid of undesirable incidents. These days, ENT surgery is very safe when practised by premium providers. Come and see for yourself – and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Gero Strauss, Prof. Dr.
Director of Medical Operations
ACQUA Klinik Leipzig

Risikoanalyse OP

Experienced professionals: In the year 2015, we performed 3899 operations in total.

Whatever the case: The average difficulty level (between 1 and 7) was 4.8, making it fairly high. This means that difficulty of these operations was above average.

Exceptional safety: In the year 2015, among all operations conducted we detected slight, average and significant deviations in just 0.7%, 0.3% and 0.03% of cases respectively.

Highest patient confidence: Last year, just 0.3% of all operations were reviewed, and just 0.01% of these were accepted.

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Conversion rate constantly < 1% (as of Nov 16):

The conversion rate provides information about the number of operations which are cancelled at the ACQUA Klinik between presentation and the actual surgery. The reasons may be that the patient has chosen another clinic, different second opinions concerning the surgical indications or changes to the patient’s symptoms. A low conversion rate can provide an insight into how much patients trust the ACQUA Klinik and its position as a competitor of other clinics. ACQUA Klinik records all conversions and publishes them on a regular basis.