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What are the risks of Maze surgery for atrial fibrillation?

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Before any procedure, it's wise to discuss the risks and benefits of the surgery with your doctor. The possible risks are like those from other types of heart surgery:

The main benefits are fewer or possibly no more symptoms and lower chances of blood clots and stroke. You may also feel more energetic and be able to exercise longer than you have in some time.

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Bleeding problems
  • Infection
  • New arrhythmias developing

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial fibrillation ablation: Maze.”

StopAfib.org: “Cox Maze III Procedure.”

Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery : “A brief overview of surgery for atrial fibrillation.”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.”

Keck School of Medicine of USC: “Robotic-Assisted Maze Surgery.”

Texas Heart Institute: "Maze surgery."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heart Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE)."

American Heart Association: “Ablation for Arrhythmias,” "Why Atrial Fibrillation Matters."

University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health: "Robotic Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation."

Adventist Heart Institute: "Hybrid Maze, TT Maze, Mini-Maze, Modified Maze or Surgical Ablation -- The Most Advanced Technique to Treat A-Fib."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial fibrillation ablation: Maze.”

StopAfib.org: “Cox Maze III Procedure.”

Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery : “A brief overview of surgery for atrial fibrillation.”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.”

Keck School of Medicine of USC: “Robotic-Assisted Maze Surgery.”

Texas Heart Institute: "Maze surgery."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heart Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE)."

American Heart Association: “Ablation for Arrhythmias,” "Why Atrial Fibrillation Matters."

University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health: "Robotic Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation."

Adventist Heart Institute: "Hybrid Maze, TT Maze, Mini-Maze, Modified Maze or Surgical Ablation -- The Most Advanced Technique to Treat A-Fib."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

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