Bipolar radiofrequency maze procedure through a transseptal approach

Stefano Benussi, Roberto Cini, Sydney L. Gaynor, Ottavio Alfieri, Antonio M. Calafiore

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We report how to perform a complete open-heart ablation with bipolar radiofrequency through a transseptal incision. The connecting left atrial lines were performed by inserting one jaw of the clamp through a stab wound in the posterior left atrium, beneath the right inferior pulmonary vein. Twenty-five patients underwent concomitant ablation with the described technique in three different centers. All the left lines were easily performed. No ablation-related complication occurred. At 11 ± 6 months, 80% of the patients were free from arrhythmias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1025-1027
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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