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Open maze procedure

Open maze procedure

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.

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Open maze procedure

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Open maze procedure:

Non-Surgical Options: Open maze procedure

These non-surgical medical options may be possible alternative treatments to performing Open maze procedure:

  • Beta blockers (beta-adrenergic blocking agents)
  • Blood thinner (anticoagulant)
  • Lifestyle changes

Other Surgical Options: Open maze procedure

Surgical procedure options to consider as an alternative for Open maze procedure may include these surgeries:

  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator
  • Minimally invasive maze surgery

Anesthetic Requirements for Open maze procedure

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Open maze procedure may include:

Procedure Complications: Open maze procedure

Possible surgical complications of Open maze procedure may include:

Prognosis for a Good Outcome: Open maze procedure

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.

Open maze procedure: Recovery Time

Recovery period for Open maze procedure: Six to eight weeks.

Open maze procedure: Other Names

Other names for this medical surgical procedures (Open maze procedure) include:

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