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Open maze procedure: The open maze procedure is surgery to treat atrial fibrillation using small incisions, cryotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, microwaves, or high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to create scar tissue across the left and right atriums; the normal flow of electrical impulses is blocked and forced to travel in a precise pattern (like a maze) through the heart to the ventricles. Most maze procedures are completed during heart valve repair or coronary artery bypass grafting, but some hospitals perform the maze as a "stand alone" surgery and by minimally invasive techniques.
These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Open maze procedure:
These non-surgical medical options may be possible alternative treatments to performing Open maze procedure:
Surgical procedure options to consider as an alternative for Open maze procedure may include these surgeries:
These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Open maze procedure may include:
Possible surgical complications of Open maze procedure may include:
The prognosis for a good medical outcome: The maze procedure has a 95% success rate. Patients with remaining atrial fibrillation may respond better to medication than individuals without maze surgery.
Other names for this medical surgical procedures (Open maze procedure) include:
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