It is a well-known surgical maxim that only two types of surgeons do not have surgical complications; those who do not operate, and those who lie. Surgical complications in other words, are unwanted but undeniable part of surgery. There is not one operation with a 0% complication rate and therefore statistically, if a surgeon does not have complications, he probably has not operated enough. Despite their inevitability, complications convey a sense of gravity to the public, health professionals, and the policy makers alike.
Sayyed, Raza and Shamim, M Shahzad
"understanding and managing complications in neurosurgery,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 9
, Article 1.
Available at: http://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol9/iss1/1