Atrial fibrillation: Current surgical options and their assessment

A. Marc Gillinov*, Eugene H. Blackstone, Patrick M. McCarthy

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and is associated with morbidity and mortality. Traditional surgical treatment of AF is the Cox-Maze III procedure, a complicated operation. New surgical approaches include alternate energy sources (radiofrequency, microwave, cryothermy) and simplified left atrial lesion sets. These operations cure AF in 70% to 80% of patients. This review describes contemporary and emerging surgical approaches to AF, synthesizes results of these operations, and proposes new standards for reporting results of AF treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2210-2217
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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