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Heart Surg Forum. 2003;6(3):E38-41.

A completely endoscopic approach to microwave ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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  • 1Divisions of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiology, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. saltmana@ummbc.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Surgical therapy for atrial fibrillation is extremely effective but not widely applied. Minimally invasive methods may be more attractive. We report a case of complete pulmonary vein isolation performed entirely through a thoracoscopic approach.

METHODS:

A 74-year-old woman with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation underwent a microwave ablation procedure using 3 access ports in the right pleural space and 3 access ports through the left pleural space.

RESULTS:

After the 3-hour procedure the patient was extubated in the operating room and discharged home in sinus rhythm on the second postoperative day.

CONCLUSIONS:

Endoscopic pulmonary vein isolation is a safe and effective procedure that may be applied to a wide variety of patients.

PMID:
12821436
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