Has anyone heard of this surgical procedure, reportedly better chance of success than ablation? Dr Wolf in houston developed it…
also, has anyone been on tikosyn for more than 5 years or so? thanks. VT Rob
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Patricia talks about seeing Dr. Wolf and considering the mini-maze procedure. See the comment by @patinhou here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/good-morning-im-almost-66-years-old-with-infrequent-afib-and-on/?pg=10#comment-34475
Patricia, did you decided to have the mini-maze done? Why or why not?
Linda, you may have alread read this, but here’s a paper talking about the procedure
– Minimally invasive surgery for atrial fibrillation—Wolf Mini Maze procedure https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3904339/
There is a discussion about tikosyn here. Care to participate?
– Tikosyn for A Fib https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/tikosyn-for-a-fib/
Thoracic surgeon inform me that AF sufferer may consider MM , A EP shld stand by to perform the ablation as well. Thats two procedures by 2 specialist. Double cost n what abt the time factor… anyone gone through MM as a stand alone procedure?
I took tikosyn successfully for 5.5 years, but I went into atrial flutter in April of this year. (This was just after I was switched to the generic form of dofetilide, which seems suspicious to me, but I am assured that I had just reached the end of effectiveness after a good long time.) I have been in atrial flutter since then. Cardioversion failed so I was taken off dofetilide and refered for traditional ablation, but the TEE just before the ablation showed too much "sludge" in my left atrial appendage. I have talked to a surgeon who wants to do open heart ablation, closure of the LAA and maybe replacement of my mitral valve. I have been researching less invasive ways to accomplish these things, so I am also interested in the Wolf mini maze. I need to talk to my surgeon, who is working on less invasive techniques, and then find the best place for a second opinion. If anyone has similar experience, I would love to hear it!
Does Mayo do this procedure? If not, what is your view on this done in Texas
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Welcome, Maggie. You may have noticed that I moved your question about the mini-Maze procedure to this existing discussion. I did this so you can connect with members like @kitzkatz @bock @vermontrob @predictable and others who have had or are considering this procedure.
You asked if Mayo does the Maze procedure.Yes, they do. You can read more about Mayo's approach here:
– Maze procedure https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/maze-procedure/pyc-20384973
Mayo Clinic doctors perform every type of atrial fibrillation ablation procedure and will talk with you about which method is best for you. Studies show there is a reduced risk of complications from cardiac ablation when the procedure is done by an experienced electrophysiologist in a hospital that performs many procedures.
Maggie, do you know if you are a candidate for the mini-Maze? What options have been discussed with you?
i had it done 2010 and am so thankful for it. it has been 12 yrs since. i feel free–from this terrible feeling, and from running to the hospital 3 or 4 times a year and from drugs. thank God for the wolf mini maze procedure. it worked for me.
i would do it all over again if need be.
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