Surgical Overview

Cardiac and Thoracic Volumes

Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Volume

2016 – 2018

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. In 2018, Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 7515 cardiac and thoracic surgeries; 6633 were performed at the main campus.

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

2018, N = 4855

In 2018, 24% 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, because of scar tissue.

Surgery Type Volume
Cardiac Surgery (Total) 4855
Reoperations (Total) 1155
First cardiovascular surgery 3700
First reoperation 902
Second reoperation 189
Third reoperation 40
Fourth reoperation 17
NA-Not a cardiovascular surgery 7
Isolated Cardiac Procedures, In-Hospital Mortality

2018, N = 1976

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 or valve repair/replacement) in 2018. 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

2018, N = 327

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 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).

CABG = Coronary artery bypass graft

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

General Thoracic Surgery, Volume

2014 — 2018

Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 2008 general thoracic surgical procedures in 2018.