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What is surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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Surgical ablation involves cutting into your chest. Sometimes it’s called the maze procedure. Some people with AFib can have keyhole surgery or surgery that uses a robot. These let your doctor make several small incisions rather the bigger ones done in open-heart surgery. Sometimes these options are called modified maze procedures.

Your doctor will put a video camera or tiny robot into your chest. It’ll guide the creation of scar tissue that may help keep your heartbeat at the right pace. A more invasive maze procedure is done during open heart surgery.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?” “Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” “Treatment Guidelines of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” “Why Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib) Matters.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE).”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “MAZE Procedure for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.”

Verma, A. , published August 2005. Circulation

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial Fibrillation: Symptoms”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 3, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?” “Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” “Treatment Guidelines of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” “Why Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib) Matters.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (MAZE).”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “MAZE Procedure for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.”

Verma, A. , published August 2005. Circulation

Mayo Clinic: “Atrial Fibrillation: Symptoms”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 3, 2018

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