Minimally invasive surgery using bipolar radiofrequency energy is effective treatment for refractory atrial fibrillation.

@article{Kasirajan2012MinimallyIS,
  title={Minimally invasive surgery using bipolar radiofrequency energy is effective treatment for refractory atrial fibrillation.},
  author={Vigneshwar Kasirajan and Elizabeth A Spradlin and Tammy E Mormando and Angel E Medina and Phillip Ovadia and David S. Schwartzman and Thomas Edward Gaines and Mubashir A. Mumtaz and Stephen W. Downing and Kenneth A. Ellenbogen},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={93 5},
  pages={
          1456-61
        }
}
BACKGROUND A web-based registry was used to prospectively study patients after minimally invasive surgery with monitoring to determine freedom from atrial fibrillation (AF) (clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00747838). This is a report showing the utility and feasibility of the registry. METHODS All patients had symptomatic AF refractory to medical treatment. Surgical ablation was performed using bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy with a clamp around pulmonary veins and additional RF was… CONTINUE READING
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