HIPEC Outcome Data

Our HIPEC center is one of the busiest and most experienced in the world.

We perform more HIPEC surgeries than any medical center in the western United States. Because of our experience, our outcomes are among the very best, and we are constantly working to improve them.

Review key statistics and outcome data below.

Facts & Figures

  • Number of HIPEC surgeries performed: Approximately 794 between August 2007 and December 2022
  • Median estimated blood loss (EBL): 200cc
  • Patients’ median peritoneal cancer index (PCI): 13
  • The median length of stay (LOS) in the hospital: 9 days

Complication Rates

Complication UC San Diego Health Average published outcomes
Mortality (within 60 days of surgery) 0.5% 2.3%
Any complication (within 60 days of surgery) 57.5% 53.8%
Serious complication (within 60 days of surgery) 2.8% 24.8%
Return to OR 2.7% 10.9%
Bowel leak 2.1% 7.9%
Abscess 3.9% 7.2%
Wound infection 4.7% 6.8%
Blood clot 2.4% 5.2%
Ileus (delayed gastric function of more than 7 days) 12.0% 5.1%*
Readmission (within 60 days of surgery) 16.2% 22.6%

* Published outcomes use alternate definitions of ileus.

Note: Data for UC San Diego Health is from August 2007 to December 2022.


References for average published outcomes come from the following journals:

J Clin Oncol 2012;30(20):2449-56;

German: Ann Surg Oncol. 2019;26(1):148-154

Wake Forest: J Am Coll Surg. 2014;218(4):573-85

UK1: Eur J Surg Oncol. 2016;42(7):1035-41

UK2: Eur J Surg Oncol. 2015;41(3):396-9

Dutch: Ann Surg Oncol. 2013;20(13):4224-30

French: J Surg Oncol. 2016;113(7):796-803

NSQIP: JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(1):e186847

NSQIP Readmission: J Surg Res. 2019;234:103-109

Israeli: J Surg Oncol. 2017;116(7):914-920

Umass: Ann Surg Oncol. 2019;26(2):490-49

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