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Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation

Physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann perform a wide range of surgical and minimally invasive procedures to treat patients with heart arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation, or AFib. Unlike traditional open heart surgery, minimally invasive surgeries are performed using small instruments through much smaller incisions, Minimally invasive surgeries, typically can be much less traumatic. Patients have been found to experience less pain and bleeding, lower risk of infection, shorter hospital stays and reduced recovery times.

Surgical Treatments for AFib

The affiliated electrophysiologists at Memorial Hermann perform several minimally invasive heart procedures, including:

  • Maze Procedure – The surgical maze procedure is performed by creating a pattern of scar tissue that works like a maze in a patients heart. Since scar tissue does not carry electricity, it interferes with stray electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation.
  • Wolf Mini-Maze Procedure – Using this minimally invasive surgical technique for patients with lone atrial fibrillation (AFib), the surgeon endoscopically ablates and isolates the pulmonary veins – the location of the AFib triggers – then removes the left atrial appendage, the site of clot formation that can lead to strokes in patients with AFib. The procedure can significantly reduce a patient’s risk of stroke and typically eliminates the need for blood thinners.

Getting Started

To learn more about minimally invasive procedures, electrophysiologists or treatment facilities, please use our contact form here. Schedule an appointment with a electrophysiologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann online or by calling (713) 222-2273.