The Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Anson M. Lee, Spencer J. Melby, Ralph J. Damiano

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Atrial fibrillation is a complex disease affecting a significant portion of the general population. Although medical therapy is the mainstay of treatment, intervention plays an important role in selected patients. The Cox-Maze procedure is the gold standard for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation and has more than 90% success in eliminating atrial fibrillation. Ablation technologies have played a key role in simplifying this technically demanding procedure and making it available to more patients. A myriad of new lesion sets and approaches were introduced over the last decade which has made the operative treatment of atrial fibrillation less invasive and more confusing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1001-1020
Number of pages20
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Arrhythmia surgery
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiac ablation
  • Maze procedure
  • Pulmonary vein isolation


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