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Open surgical atrial fibrillation ablation is a type of open heart surgery and often requires a heart-lung bypass. A minimally invasive procedure is also available. In both procedures:
For people who suffer from atrial fibrillation (AFib), but are otherwise fairly healthy, a minimally invasive atrial fibrillation ablation (or Mini Maze) may be an option. It is similar to the concomitant ablation (described above), except that the surgeon reaches the heart through small incisions on each side of the chest and does not require that the heart be stopped. In the minimally invasive MAZE ablation:
At St. Joseph's Heart & Vascular Institute, we offer other minimally invasive treatment options for atrial fibrillation. Learn more about robot-assisted catheter ablation.
You may wish to discuss atrial fibrillation ablation with your doctor if: