Robotic-Assisted Left Atrial Ligation for Stroke Reduction in Chronic Atrial Fibrillation: A Case Report


  • Bob Kiaii
  • R. Scott McClure
  • Alan C. Skanes
  • Ian G. Ross
  • Alison R. Spouge
  • Stuart Swinamer
  • Reiza Rayman
  • Daniel T. Bainbridge
  • Ivan Iglesias
  • Richard J. Novick



Patients with atrial fibrillation are at significant risk for sustaining a thromboembolic stroke. More than 90% of thromboemboli form in the left atrial appendage. Ligation of the left atrial appendage to reduce the risk of stroke is often performed in connection with other cardiac surgical procedures. As a stand-alone procedure, however, left atrial ligation has generally been deemed too invasive and has gained little support as an alternative therapeutic option. We report a case of port-access robotic-assisted left atrial ligation as a stand-alone procedure in a patient with chronic atrial fibrillation in whom anticoagulation was a contraindication. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of stand-alone robotic-assisted left atrial ligation in the literature.


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Kiaii, B., McClure, R. S., Skanes, A. C., Ross, I. G., Spouge, A. R., Swinamer, S., Rayman, R., Bainbridge, D. T., Iglesias, I., & Novick, R. J. (2005). Robotic-Assisted Left Atrial Ligation for Stroke Reduction in Chronic Atrial Fibrillation: A Case Report. The Heart Surgery Forum, 9(1), E533-E535.