• Atrial fibrillation increases stroke rate 3-5 times

  • Atrial fibrillation is responsible for 15-20% of all strokes

  • ‚ÄčAtrial fibrillation increases death rate 2 fold

What to Expect After Surgery

  • Rhythm-control medication has not relieved your symptoms

  • You have atrial fibrillation and are undergoing heart surgery for another reason

  • You cannot have catheter ablation

  • You have already had catheter ablation, but still have atrial fibrillation

Indications for Maze Procedure

  • The surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation

  • Also known as Surgical Ablation

  • Using radio waves, freezing, microwave, or ultrasound energy scar tissue is created in the atria (top chambers) of the heart

  • The scar tissue blocks the abnormal conduction of electrical signals

  • The correct signals are directed along a path, or maze to the ventricles (lower chambers) of the heart

  • Can be performed alone or as part of any other open heart surgery

  • Can be performed minimally invasive

Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

Cardiothoracic Surgery - Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery - Mitral Valve Repair

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Risks of Atrial Fibrillation

Jonathan D. Hoffberger, DO, FACOS

  • Depending on how the surgery was performed will determine short term recovery

  • You may need to take anticoagulants after the procedure

  • Recovery is typically 6-8 weeks following surgery (may be shorter if performed minimally invasive)

  • The Maze procedure can stop atrial fibrillation in 7-9 people out of 10

  • 10-30% may still need to take medication to control their heart rhythm

  •  Some patients undergoing the Maze Procedure may need a pacemaker after the procedure and this is thought to be due to underlying disease of the SA node.