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

2014 – 2018

In 2018, Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 1249 aortic surgeries. The most frequently performed procedure was open surgery to repair the ascending aorta/aortic arch.

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

2014 – 2018

In 2018, Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 576 elective open procedures to repair the ascending aorta and aortic arch. The in-hospital mortality rate was lower than the expected rate (1.4% vs 3.7%) and the rate of stroke was 2.6%.

Year Volume Mortality Percent
2014 550 1.6
2015 505 2.4
2016 526 0.3
2017 559 1.1
2018 576 1.4

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

2014 — 2018

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.

Year Volume Mortality Percent
2014 212 7.5
2015 215 7.4
2016 183 6.5
2017 178 3.9
2018 183 3.3

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

Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 183 emergency open repairs of the ascending aorta and aortic arch in 2018. The in-hospital mortality rate of 3.3% was lower than the expected rate of 5.7%.