Have you ever noticed how people die immediately after getting shot or stabbed? Or they have their last few gasps before saying the name of their killer or "Avenge me!" or something equally dramatic and stupid. And have you ever noticed that the people who DON'T die immediately after getting shot just need to have the bullet removed so that everything is ok. They can go to a back-alley doctor or a veterinarian or anyone with a pair of pliers, and as soon as that nasty bullet is extracted, everyone sighs a big sigh of relief, because "He'll be ok!"
Well, I have some bad news for you - TV and movies are NOT reality. This shouldn't come as a shock to you, but it does to everyone else.
You see, I usually don't remove bullets from people who have been shot. Once they go through you, the damage is done. After it stops moving (if it's still inside you), it doesn't do anything. It just sits there. There is simply no reason to remove it, unless the police really need it to help find the shooter. Make sense? It seems to be common sense to me. However, whenever I tell this to someone, they look at me like I'm crazy.
"YOU AREN'T GOING TO REMOVE THE BULLET??"
No, I'm not.
"OH MY GOD! WHY NOT??!"
I try to explain what I just said above, but they still look at me like I have two green heads with antlers. Removing the bullet usually does more harm than good. Digging around for it can damage the surrounding tissues, and there's no benefit to removing it anyway.
Don't even get me started on the TV show "House" and all the mistakes they make.