We examined the results of simultaneous surgical treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation using a Cox/Maze III operation during mitral valve surgery (n = 12), atrial secundum defect closure (n = 1), combined operation (mitral valve and atrial secundum; n = 1) and thrombectomy from the left atrium (n = 1). Mean preoperative atrial fibrillation was 5.1 years (range 0.5-12 years). In the mean follow-up period of 13.1 months (1-24 months), 14 patients (93%) had sinus rhythm. Conclusion: (1) The surgical treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation using a Cox/Maze III operation can be performed without increased perioperative or postoperative risks; (2) Cox/Maze III operation represents an effective surgical treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation.
|Translated title of the contribution||Surgical therapy of chronic atrial fibrillation with the "Cox/Maze-III-operation"|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Langenbecks Archiv für Chirurgie. Supplement. Kongressband. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie. Kongress|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
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