HumanAnatomy-endarterectomy_Editor_aThe majority of Maze surgeries are performed in conjunction with other open heart surgery, such as bypass grafting, or valve repair or replacement. Atrial fibrillation, a type of heart rhythm disorder, is usually controlled by drugs, but when the heart does not respond to the medication or catheter ablation, or when medical factors such as a high risk for blood clots or stroke call for something more to be done, the Maze procedure may be the best option.

If a patient is going to have heart surgery for any reason, and they have atrial fibrillation, a Maze procedure can be considered. The additional risk is minimal, and with the heart opened a direct surgical approach may be used. Although not perfect, success rates of 80-90% are not uncommon. If successful, the improvement in quality of life and reduced risk of blood clots or stroke can be a tremendous benefit.

What is the Maze Procedure like?

The latest technological advances allow the use of high-frequency radio waves or freezing techniques to break up the abnormal electrical pathways that cause the fibrillation. By destroying these abnormal pathways, in a complex pattern, a “maze” is created that allows only one electrical signal to travel across the heart, restoring a regular rhythm.

The Maze procedure is a complex procedure that should only be performed by those with the highest of qualifications. Call Ocala Heart Institute when you want the very best Florida heart surgery center in the Southeast. We have numerous facilities throughout Florida, and all facilities have earned awards and citations.