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Hybrid Convergent Procedure

The Hybrid Convergent procedure is a multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of long standing atrial fibrillation. This minimally invasive treatment allows physicians to combine their unique skill sets in a hybrid procedure to treat what was once a very difficult disease. The heart team includes a cardiac electrophysiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon, who together perform ablation from inside and outside the heart all in one setting. All this is performed without sternotomy or thoracotomy. First while the patient is under general anesthesia, the surgeon places an endoscopic device in the upper part of the abdomen and through the diaphragm up into the pericardium, the sac which covers the heart. Once there, ablation is performed on the back wall of the heart and pulmonary veins. Then an electrophysiologist passes long tubes called catheters from the groin up into the heart and performs ablation inside the heart to complete the surgeons ablation. Together the approach can achieve very high success rates of keeping patients out of atrial fibrillation long term and in normal rhythm. The end result of this comprehensive approach is improved quality of life without medical therapy.

Previous Page Last Review Date: January 5, 2018
Hybrid Convergent Procedure Team
Matthew Klein, MD

Matthew Klein, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology
Palm Beach Gardens 33410