The concepts, techniques and evidence relating to surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation are discussed in detail. The historical background to surgical ablation is covered in brief, along with the electrophysiological basis underpinning its effective useage. The epidemiology of surgically treated atrial fibrillation and the current guidelines relating to its use are analysed. Safety aspects and perspectives on its ongoing future use are discussed. Modern surgical technologies and approaches are reviewed, along with the relevant advantages and disadvantages of each. The surgical techniques relating to left atrial appendage intervention are also reviewed, along with the relevant literature and evidence relating to reduction in thromboembolic risk and need for anticoagulation.
Part of the book: Epidemiology and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation