The Hybrid Maze Procedure is a new, minimally invasive procedure dedicated to the treatment of atrial fibrillation
. Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center was the first to offer this treatment and is the only provider in the region. Atrial Fibrillation
is a common type of heart arrhythmia that causes irregular heart beats. Individuals with atrial fibrillation have a higher chance of forming blood clots, which in turn increases their risk of stroke.
While most individuals can manage their atrial fibrillation
with certain medications and blood thinners, others have more serious and chronic forms of atrial fibrillation that require special treatment. This is where the Hybrid Maze Procedure may be the ideal treatment option for the proper candidate.
In the Hybrid Maze Procedure an electrophysiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon work as a team in the Electrophysiology laboratory. In the first phase of the procedure the cardiothoracic surgeon creates a small incision through the abdomen using a laparoscope to navigate a special catheter to the heart. Through the catheter scars are created on the external areas of the heart where irregular rhythms are being generated. These carefully created scars isolate and destroy the tissue that is the source of the irregular rhythms. Once this step is complete, an electrophysiologist performs a mapping procedure inside the heart and may use ablation to treat any remaining sites within the heart that are causing irregular rhythm.
The Hybrid Maze Procedure is an effective treatment option for individuals who cannot tolerate blood thinners and other medications used to treat atrial fibrillation. Talk to your physician to see if the Hybrid Maze Procedure is right for you.