The surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation.

  title={The surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation.},
  author={Anson M. Lee and Spencer J. Melby and Ralph J. Damiano},
  journal={The Surgical clinics of North America},
  volume={89 4},
          1001-20, x-xi
Atrial fibrillation is a complex disease affecting a significant portion of the general population. Although medical therapy is the mainstay of treatment, intervention plays an important role in selected patients. The Cox-Maze procedure is the gold standard for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation and has more than 90% success in eliminating atrial fibrillation. Ablation technologies have played a key role in simplifying this technically demanding procedure and making it available to… CONTINUE READING