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  • Maze Procedure

    This appeared in our newspaper yesterday.
    Patients who suffer from a severe form of irregular heart beats won't have to undergo open-heart surgery in the future.
    Surgeons at Sunnybrook Hospital are the first in Canada to perform the minimally invasive procedure to correct the disorder called Atrial Fibrillation.
    "The fact that this is now a stand alone procedure, without the need to open the chest is a significant milestone," said Dr. Gideon Cohen, staff cardiovascular surgeon at Sunnybrook.
    "Patients recover faster, there are fewer risks and they are able to be discharged after one night in hospital versus one week with open-heart surgery."
    The Maze procedure which was developed 30 years ago, is traditionally performed under open-heart surgery, where the patients heart is stopped and put on a heart-lung machine.
    Cohen, who trained in Cleveland to learn the minimally invasive surgery, was able to perform the Maze procedure by puncturing three incisions, 5 mm holes, in each side of the chest, one for a tiny camera and two for telescopic surgical equipment.
    The surgery takes about two hours versus four hours for the open-heart surgery and costs $10,000 (cdn) less per patient to perform.
    Atrial Fibrillation is a heart rhythm disorder that affects more than 200,000 Canadians and often has symptoms such as shortness of breath, heart palpitations, anxiety attacks and light-headedness, which can lead to life threatening complications such as stroke or heart failure.
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