Despite their prevalence in movies, books and television shows, most people don't seem to think that medical mistakes happen very often. After all, doctors have years of training, as well as hands-on experience during their residency to prepare them to provide excellent care for their patients. Surgeons, in particular, hold a position of respect due to the complexity of the services they provide.
While that education and experience make surgeons competent to do things the average person wouldn't dream of, they don't mean that doctors or surgeons are immune from making mistakes at work. Unlike with the average employee, however, mistakes made by a surgeon can have major medical and financial consequences for the person being treated at the time of the mistake.