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Is surgical ablation something they have to open your chest for (vs by catheter)?
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Sort Of...
The answer used to be "yes.
" in recent years, they have some minimally invasive ways by which they can do "mini maze" procedures and other interventions through small incisions in the chest.

In brief: Sort Of...
The answer used to be "yes.
" in recent years, they have some minimally invasive ways by which they can do "mini maze" procedures and other interventions through small incisions in the chest.
Dr. John Garner
Dr. John Garner
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Usually.
Assuming you are asking about atrial fibrillation ablation - the surgical technique either requires a sternotomy (open chest) for the typical maze procedure, or through smaller incisions in the chest wall (minimally invasive maze).
Both are more invasive than the catheter ablation technique, which only requires needle punctures.

In brief: Usually.
Assuming you are asking about atrial fibrillation ablation - the surgical technique either requires a sternotomy (open chest) for the typical maze procedure, or through smaller incisions in the chest wall (minimally invasive maze).
Both are more invasive than the catheter ablation technique, which only requires needle punctures.
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
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