Weekend Surgeries Mean More Complications, Study Says (Video)

June 2, 2014 Updated: June 2, 2014

A study out of Berlin shows mortality rates for hospital patients is higher for those who have weekend or afternoon surgery.

Conducted by researchers at University Medicine Berlin, the results showed patients are more likely to face complications following weekend or afternoon surgeries. Risks of post-surgery death on the weekend rose 22 percent, and 21 percent in the afternoons.

According to the study’s news release, researchers analyzed data from more than 200,000 patients from 2006 to 2011.

Aside from higher risks on the weekend and afternoons, they found February to be the riskiest month to have surgery, with 16 percent higher risk of death.