Advances in surgical treatments have revolutionized care for patients who live with atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib.

The Maze procedure creates a 3-dimensional maze of incisions to form scar tissue that blocks the abnormal electrical patterns responsible for the arrhythmia. For select patients, the Maze procedure may:

  • Restore sinus rhythm
  • Synchronize the atria and ventricles
  • Maintain an organized heartbeat

If medication and ablation are unsuccessful in treating your atrial fibrillation, the Maze surgical procedure may be an appropriate consideration for treatment.

"The Maze procedure allowed me to get my life back."

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Kinds of Maze procedures

  • Median sternotomy: Involves a midline incision and splitting of the breastbone and is often performed in conjunction with coronary artery bypass grafting, mitral valve repair and/or valve replacement.
  • Pulmonary vein isolation: Performed on patients with intermittent AFib. It involves bilateral incisions in the chest wall and separation of the left atrial appendage.
  • Minimally invasive Maze procedure: Developed as the result of great technological and surgical advances, this minimally invasive surgery is performed with video-guided instruments through small keyhole incisions made between the ribs. Advantages include less pain and scarring, lower risk of infection, faster recovery and earlier return to work and daily activities.

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