Thoracoscopic Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: A 2-Port Approach
AbstractWe describe epicardial ablation using a 2-port, right-sided, thoracoscopic approach for pulmonary vein isolation on the beating heart in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Our early success rate with this procedure for the epicardial lesion pattern is 86%. Utilizing new ablation energy sources, such as laser and microwave, this port access approach offers surgeons a true minimally invasive, safe, and efficacious option that will support the lone treatment of atrial fibrillation.
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