Surgical Overview

Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery: Volume

Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Volume

2017 – 2019

Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform a large number of cardiac and thoracic procedures each year at the main campus as well as other locations. For a complete list of Cleveland Clinic hospitals, visit clevelandclinic.org.

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Cardiac Surgery: Volume (main campus, Hillcrest, and Fairview hospitals)

2019, N = 5321

In 2019, a total of 25% 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)5321
Reoperations (Total)1166
First cardiovascular surgery4155
First reoperation908
Second reoperation208
Third reoperation36
Fourth reoperation14
N/A-Not a cardiovascular surgery0

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

Isolated Cardiac Procedures; In-Hospital Mortality

2019, N = 2070

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

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

Combined Cardiovascular Procedures; In-Hospital Mortality

2019, N = 344

Combined procedures are those performed with another surgical treatment. These procedures are associated with greater risk and complexity than isolated procedures. Despite this, the 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

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

General Thoracic Surgery, Volume

2014 — 2019

Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 2063 general thoracic surgical procedures in 2019.