Surgical techniques used for the treatment of atrial fibrillation

Jason O. Robertson, Christopher P. Lawrance, Hersh S. Maniar, Ralph J. Damiano

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The use of surgical lesion sets for the treatment of atrial fibrillation has been increasing, particularly in patients with complicated anatomical substrates and those undergoing concomitant surgery. Preferences in terms of lesion set, surgical approach and ablation technology vary by center. This review discusses both the surgical techniques and the outcomes for the most commonly performed procedures in the context of recent consensus guidelines. The Cox-Maze IV, pulmonary vein isolation, extended left atrial lesion sets, the hybrid approach and ganglionated plexus ablation are each reviewed in an attempt to provide insight into current clinical practice and patient selection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1941-1951
Number of pages11
JournalCirculation Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2013


  • Ablation
  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Lesion sets


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