3 days after operation
Stand alone atrial fibrillation treatments are becoming more popular. This relatively young patient came to us for a totally thoracoscopic left atrial appendage clipping procedure from the UK. I convinced him to also let us deal with his long standing persistent atrial fibrillation. We did a TT Maze which is composed of a totally thoracoscopic ablation (box and pulmonary vein isolation) in combination with a Clip closure of the left atrial appendage. The procedure took one hour and the Patient went to the regular ward the same evening. This interview was done on the fourth postoperative day just before the patient was about to leave the hospital and stay at a hotel in Switzerland. Postoperative ECG and telemetric surveillance showed stable sinus rhythm. Echocardiography demonstrated a normal cardiac function in sinus rhythm. The patient was discharged on no anticoagulants and is doing fine.