HIPEC Outcome Data

Our HIPEC center is one of the busiest and most experienced in the world. We perform more HIPEC surgeries than any 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.

Facts and figures

  • Number of HIPEC surgeries performed: Approximately 300 between August 2007 and March 2015
    • 67% for appendix cancer
    • 21% for colon cancer
    • 12% for other cancers
  • Median estimated blood loss (EBL): 200cc
  • Patients’ median peritoneal cancer index (PCI): 14
  • Median length of stay (LOS) in hospital: 10 days

Rate of complications


Complication UC San Diego Average published outcomes 
Mortality (within 60 days of surgery) 1.2% 1-3%
Any complication 59.9% 33-60%
Severe complication 16.6% 25-30%
Return to OR 2.8% 5-11%
Bowel leak 1.6% 3-9%
Abscess 9.7% 4-10%
Wound infection 6.9% 9-20%
Blood clot 3.2% 3-5%
Ileus (delayed gastric function) of more than 7 days 12.6% 5-8%
Readmission (within 30 days of surgery) 12.2% 11-14%

Notes: Data for UC San Diego is from August 2007 to August 2014. Reference for average published outcomes: Austin F. Ann Surg Oncol 2012; 19(5):1386-93; Chua TC. J Clin Oncol 2012;30(20):2449-56; Elias D. J Clin Oncol 2010;28(1):63-8; Jafari MD JAMA Surg 2014;149(2):170-5.