I wanted to know if there are patients who have AFib and had a surgery for the ligation of the atrial appendage of the heart. The cardiologist surgeons perform this surgery either during open heart surgery or by laparoscopic method to place a clip from the outside of the heart. Has anyone had this surgery? This appendage accumulates blood during AFib events and if a blood clot is formed inside this appendage it can be dislodged and travel to the brain causing strokes. The ligation/clip is to prevent blood clots to be detached from the inside of this appendage. It is not a cure for AFib.