Thorascopic Maze Surgery

Thorascopic Maze Surgery

What is it?

Maze surgery cures atrial fibrillation by creating a "maze" of new electrical pathways to let electrical impulses travel easily through the heart.

How does it work?

It uses radio waves or ultrasound energy to create scar tissue, blocking the abnormal electrical signals that cause the arrhythmia. The scar tissue directs electric signals through a controlled path, or maze.

Reasons for Thorascopic Maze Surgery

Heart surgeons perform Maze surgery to treat chronic atrial fibrillation which cannot be treated with medicines or other treatments.

What to expect

This is a minimally invasive technique for stand-alone atrial fibrillation treatment. This utilizes three small incisions in the side of the chest. A thorascope containing a video camera is inserted into the chest to visualize the heart. Repair is performed with long shafted instruments inserted through the small incisions.

This results in a quick recovery.

St. Luke's Heart & Vascular