Surgery for Lone Atrial Fibrillation: Present State-of-the-Art.

  title={Surgery for Lone Atrial Fibrillation: Present State-of-the-Art.},
  author={Jeanne Shen and Marci S. Bailey and Ralph J. Damiano},
  volume={4 5},
For two decades, the cut-and-sew Cox-Maze III procedure was the gold standard for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), and proved to be effective at curing lone AF and preventing its most dreaded complication, stroke. However, this procedure was not widely adopted due to its complexity and technical difficulty. Over the last 5-10 years, the introduction of new ablation technology has led to the development of the Cox-Maze IV procedure, as well as, more limited lesion sets, with… CONTINUE READING

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