Overview

Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

Cardiac Surgery: Volume (Main Campus, Hillcrest, and Fairview Hospitals)

2020, N = 4723

In 2020, a total of 24% of cardiac surgeries performed at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, Hillcrest, and Fairview hospitals were reoperations. These procedures are more complex than first-time (primary) operations because patients have scar tissue from the previous surgery.

Surgery TypeVolume
Cardiac surgery (total)4723
Reoperations (total)1117
First cardiovascular surgery3606
First reoperation858
Second reoperation190
Third reoperation46
Fourth reoperation23

Source: Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database

Isolated Cardiac Procedures: In-Hospital Mortality

2020, N = 1663

Surgeons in Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute achieved lower-than-expected in-hospital mortality rates for patients who had isolated cardiac procedures (coronary artery bypass graft or valve repair/replacement). Isolated procedures are those done without any other surgical procedure.

CABG = coronary artery bypass graft, STS = Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Source: Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database

Combined Cardiovascular Procedures: In-Hospital Mortality

2020, N = 304

Combined procedures are those performed with another surgical treatment. These procedures are associated with greater risk and complexity than isolated procedures. Despite this, Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute achieved lower-than-expected in-hospital mortality rates. This graph reflects only procedures classified in categories by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

CABG = coronary artery bypass graft, STS = Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Source: Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database

General Thoracic Surgery: Volume

2016 – 2020

Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 2065 general thoracic surgical and endoscopy procedures in 2020.