Atrial Fibrillation Procedures
Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that can cause a myriad of problems up to and including stroke and heart attack. There are multiple methods to treat atrial fibrillation including medications, intra-cardiac ablation procedures, surgical procedures and even hybrid procedures involving surgery and ablation in combination. The hybrid surgical approach has a very high success rates across the country. The hybrid surgical approach involves a minimally invasive surgical procedure that typically requires a 2-3 day hospital stay followed by an outpatient cardiology ablation procedure 6-8 weeks later. This hybrid procedure offers the best chance of converting the patient into normal sinus heart rhythm. The patient may then no longer require anti-arrhythmic or anticoagulation medications.
Pre-op routine: Before your surgery, your surgeon will see and examine you as well as review all pertinent labs, imaging, and tests. You will have ample opportunity to ask questions and gain a full understanding of the nature of your disease process and the surgery to treat that disease. You will have lab tests, lung function tests, EKG, and chest x-ray prior to surgery. Your preoperative instructions will be provided to you in office. Follow them, and call the office with any needs or concerns.