Aortic Disease

Aortic Surgery

The Aorta Center in Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute is organized to optimize the care of patients and to facilitate collaboration across disciplines with a focus on conditions that affect all segments of the aorta. This multidisciplinary effort has resulted in the busiest aorta center in the United States and Nationally, leading the way in quality, innovation, and research.

Aortic Surgery: Volume and Type

2015 – 2019

Cleveland Clinic's Aorta Center uses a multidisciplinary approach that includes cardiology and vascular doctors and surgeons. This collaboration offers patients with all forms of aortic disease comprehensive treatment for even the most complex conditions. Our surgeons performed 1371 procedures in 2019.

The most frequently performed procedure at Cleveland Clinic in 2019 was open surgery to repair the ascending aorta/aortic arch.

Elective Ascending Aorta and Aortic Arch Open Surgery: Volume and In-Hospital Mortality

2015 – 2019

In 2019, Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 723 elective open procedures to repair the ascending aorta and aortic arch. The in-hospital mortality rate was 0.9%.

YearVolumeMortality Percent
20155052.4
20165260.3
20175591.1
20185761.4
20197230.9

Expected Rates: Data from the Vizient Clinical Data Base/Resource Manager(TM) used by permission of Vizient. All rights reserved.

Emergency Ascending Aorta and Aortic Arch Open Surgery: Volume and In-Hospital Mortality

2015 — 2019

Emergency open repairs of the ascending aorta and aortic arch, including dissections and ruptures, are particularly urgent and challenging. Despite this level of difficulty, in-hospital mortality rates at Cleveland Clinic are low. In 2019, Cleveland Clinic performed 156 of these procedures, and the in-hospital mortality rate was 5.8%.

YearVolumeMortality Percent
20152157.4
20161836.5
20171783.9
20181833.3
20191565.8

Expected Rates: Data from the Vizient Clinical Data Base/Resource Manager(TM) used by permission of Vizient. All rights reserved.