Evolution of Maze procedure
J Cox (St Louis, USA) recounts the development of the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation up to the Maze-IV and hybrid procedures.
Atrial fibrillation ablation devices
M Dalrymple-Hay (Plymouth, UK) describes devices available and their mechanisms of action in atrial fibrillation ablation surgery.
Atrial fibrillation cryoablation outcomes
D Aktuerk (Coventry, UK) presents single surgeon outcomes of cryoablation for atrial fibrillation.
Measuring AF ablation success
M O'Neill (London, UK) considers how best to measure the success of ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation.
Concomitant AF ablation AMAZE trial
S Nashef (Cambridge, UK) summarises the development of atrial fibrillation ablation techniques before explaining some of the lessons learnt from the AMAZE trial.
Future of atrial ablation surgery
J Cox (St Louis, USA) considers the evidence for ablation in atrial fibrillation treatment, to help inform what the future management might be.
Atrial fibrillation in context - discussion
This is a panel discussion following presentations on the use of ablation procedures in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.
VATS AF ablation
M Castella (Barcelona, Spain) uses a number of video clips to help explain his approach to minimally invasive atrial fibrillation surgery.
Unilateral VATS ablation in hybrid AF treatment
G Bisleri (Brescia, Italy) discusses unilateral thoracoscopic ablation in hybrid atrial fibrillation treatment, with a video demonstration of the surgical technique.
VATS lone Atrial Fibrillation ablation future
M Castella (Barcelona, Spain) reviews the results of the FAST study, considers reasons for failure and looks at techniques to improve the results of surgical ablation.
Future of lone AF ablation techniques - discussion
The panel discuss various aspects of ablation for lone atrial fibrillation.
VATS AF ablation programme
N Davidson (Manchester, UK) covers minimally invasive procedures in the treatment of atrial arrhythmias, emphasising the benefits of an integrated approach.
Hybrid ablation of lone atrial fibrillation
M La Meir (Maastricht, Netherlands) considers aspects of hybrid approaches to lone atrial fibrillation.
Lone AF laparoscopic convergent procedure
B Gersak (Ljubljana, Slovenia) describes a convergent (hybrid) procedure via a sub-xiphoid approach for the treatment of permanent atrial fibrillation.
LA appendage closure evidence
J Dunning (Middlesbrough, UK) looks at the evidence for left atrial appendage closure
LA appendage surgical options
S Salzberg (Zurich, Switzerland) explains the benefits of surgical left atrial appendage occlusion in the management of atrial fibrillation, demonstrating the differing devices available.
Advances in LA appendage management
S Benussi (Milan, Italy) demonstrates the use of newer devices for left atrial appendage occlusion.
Atrial fibrillation epidemiology and commissioning
D Connelly (Glasgow, UK) reviews the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation with a view to informing the commissioning of services.
Who should we ablate and why?
Mark La Meir of Academic Hospital, Maastricht, Netherlands explains the rationale for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. He describes the pathophysiology before looking at the evidence for improved outcomes.
Do UK surgeons deal with AF appropriately?
Samer Nashef of Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK discusses the indications for surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation and explores the reasons for a wide variation in practice. He gives preliminary findings from a UK trial.
My approach to Cox IV Cryoablation on bypass
N Ad (Virginia, USA) discusses his approach to the cryosurgical Cox Maze procedure. He describes procedural steps and shares clinical data.
Energy source options and optimal ablation patterns
Manuel Castella of Cirugia Cardiovascular Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona, Spain discusses different strategies to achieve a satisfactory outcome in atrial fibrillation surgery.
Ganglionic plexi - Are surgeons missing a trick?
Mark LaMeir of University Hospital Brussels, Belgium discusses cardiac innervation in relation to atrial fibrillation. Ganglionic plexi ablation is described.
Update on catheter based lone atrial fibrillation surgery
G Haywood, Plymouth, UK considers the prevalence of atrial fibrillation and its complications. He looks at the outcomes of catheter-based ablation.
Lone AF surgery - Results of hybrid approach
Mark La Meir of University Hospital Brussels, Belgium discusses the indications for and issues with a hybrid approach to atrial fibrillation surgery.
Two-stage hybrid atrial fibrillation ablation
G Haywood of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK describes a hybrid approach to the treatment of lone atrial fibrillation. He presents the outcomes at one year.
Tips for minimally invasive access for Atrial Fibrillation
Bart Van Putte of St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands describes his approach to lone atrial fibrillation, followed by a video demonstration of his operative technique.
Lone Atrial Fibrillation surgery - results for N-Contact device
C Blauth, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK gives a brief overview of the results from a hybrid minimally invasive approach (Convergent procedure) using the nContact/Atricure device.
How can surgeons deal with lone atrial fibrillation?
Malcolm Dalrymple-Hay of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, UK considers some of the practicalities of setting up a surgical lone atrial fibrillation programme.