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ISRN Cardiology
Volume 2013, Article ID 920635, 5 pages
Review Article

Hybrid Surgical and Catheter Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Department of Cardiac Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA, USA

Received 1 October 2013; Accepted 19 November 2013

Academic Editors: Y. Furukawa, Y. Hayabuchi, and Z.-M. Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Tsuyoshi Kaneko and Sary F. Aranki. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Advances in surgery for atrial fibrillation from cut and sew technique to thoracoscopy and new energy source have enabled minimally invasive approach which avoids median sternotomy and cardiopulmonary bypass. However, minimally invasive approach is unable to match the outcome of classic surgical technique due to difficulty in creating some of linear ablation lines. Hybrid procedure using catheter mapping and ablation in addition to minimally invasive surgical ablation has gained interest to combine the advantages of both procedures. No large study has been conducted to date comparing this new technique to other existing treatments. The aim of this paper is to review the data on hybrid procedure for atrial fibrillation and assess its early outcome and efficacy.