Surgical Overview

Cardiac and Thoracic Volumes

Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery: Volume

2016 – 2017

Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform a large volume 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. In 2017, Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 7372 cardiac and thoracic surgeries; 6368 were performed at the main campus.

Surgical Procedure Volume by Type and Location

N = 7372

The majority of cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries are performed at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. For a complete list of Cleveland Clinic hospitals, visit clevelandclinic.org.

Hospital Volume Percentage
Total 7372 100%
Main Campus Cardiac 4501 61%
Other CC Cardiac 417 6%
Main Campus Thoracic 1819 25%
Other CC Thoracic 256 3%
Main Campus Other Surgery 48 1%
Other CC Other Surgery 331 4%

Cleveland Clinic Florida volumes are not included in 2017 total volumes.

In 2017, Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 7372 cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries. The majority of procedures (61%) were performed at Cleveland Clinic's main campus.

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

N = 4586

In 2017, 23% of cardiac surgeries performed at Cleveland Clinic's main campus, Hillcrest and Fairview hospital locations were reoperations. Reoperations are more complex than primary (first-time) surgeries.

Surgery Type Volume
Cardiac Surgery (Total) 4586
Reoperations (Total) 1055
First cardiovascular surgery 3528
First reoperation 781
Second reoperation 210
Third reoperation 48
Fourth reoperation 16
Isolated Cardiac Procedures: In-Hospital Mortality

2017; N = 1720

Surgeons in Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute achieved lower-than-expected in-hospital mortality rates for patients who had isolated cardiac procedures (coronary artery bypass graft and valve repair and 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

N = 305

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 surgeons in the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute achieved lower-than-expected in-hospital mortality rates. This graph reflects only procedures classified in categories by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Of the cardiac operations Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform, 45% cannot be classified by STS because of the complexity and/or rarity of the procedure.

CABG = Coronary artery bypass graft

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

General Thoracic Surgery: Volume

2013 — 2017

Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 1819 general thoracic surgical procedures in 2017.