Chronic atrial fibrillation suffers are among the most challenging to treat because medications and traditional single ablation procedures typically cannot alleviate their symptoms. Mount Sinai was one of the first hospitals in the country to pioneer the Hybrid Maze Procedure, a minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat chronic and severe cases of atrial fibrillation. It blends surgical and electrophysiological techniques, resulting in a more comprehensive and effective approach.

During the Hybrid Maze procedure, a cardiac surgeon blocks pathways in the heart that can cause an irregular heartbeat, while an electrophysiologist uses mapping technology to fill in any small gaps left from the surgeon’s work. The combined approach typically is viewed as safer than single cardiac ablation and provides improved outcomes. And, since the procedure is performed in a cath lab and not an operating room, patients generally experience minimal discomfort and quick recovery time.

For more information about the Hybrid Maze Procedure, please call (305) 674-2273.