Heart and Vascular Center

Open Heart Surgery

St. Joseph Hospital is a leader in cardiovascular surgery. In fact, more children and adults have open-heart surgery at St. Joseph Hospital than at any other hospital in Orange County. Currently, we perform 375 open-heart surgeries each year.

Our extremely low coronary bypass mortality rate of only 0.95 percent is far better than the national average of 3 percent. Our postoperative complication rates are also significantly lower than national averages for atrial fibrillation, stroke, infection and necessary re-operations. This data is tracked through the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), a national registry that open heart programs benchmark against for outcomes.

As leaders in cardiovascular surgery, our specialized surgeons and highly skilled team of clinicians use their expertise to provide both traditional coronary artery bypass surgery and other state-of-the-art surgical procedures such as valvular surgery, transmyocardial laser revascularization, surgery for atrial fibrillation, and surgery for repair of congenital heart defects.