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Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation (Maze Procedure)

If you have atrial fibrillation (A-fib) that does not improve with medical treatment, turn to Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital for an internationally recognized minimally invasive heart surgeon with a specialty in surgery for A-fib. Whenever possible, Niv Ad, MD – cardiac surgeon with more than 20 years of experience – uses a surgical technique that:

  • Reduces scarring
  • Minimizes pain
  • Decreases blood loss
  • Speeds your recovery
  • Offers fewer complications

Dr. Ad is a nationally recognized authority on minimally invasive heart surgery, as well as the innovative Maze procedure to treat A-fib. So, you can trust him to provide the most advanced, expert care that will help you feel better faster.

Do I Need Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation?

A-fib is a condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly or too fast. If you have A-fib that does not get better with medication or non-surgical ablation, or have had a stroke you may qualify for surgical treatment, called the Maze procedure. If left untreated, A-fib can lead to:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest pain
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Heart Failure

How Maze Procedure Works

The Maze procedure allows your heart surgeon to treat your A-fib surgically by creating a “maze” of scar tissue that blocks the abnormal electrical patterns, which cause the irregular heartbeat. This can be done through:

  • Traditional open-heart surgery, with or without heart valve repair or replacement
  • Minimally invasive heart surgery, with or without heart valve repair or replacement

Minimally Invasive Atrial Fibrillation (Maze) Procedure

If you qualify for minimally invasive Maze surgery, your surgeon will make three tiny incisions on the side of your chest instead of conducting the traditional open-chest surgery. This technique will allow you to return to everyday activities faster than traditional open-chest surgery.

Find Out If You Qualify

Call 301-891-6101 to find out if you qualify for a minimally invasive surgery to treat you’re a-fib. 

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