Robotic-assisted left atrial ligation for stroke reduction in chronic atrial fibrillation: A case report

Bob Kiaii, Scott McClure, Alan C. Skanes, Ian G. Ross, Alison R. Spouge, Stuart Swinamer, Reiza Rayman, Daniel T. Bainbridge, Ivan Iglesias, Richard J. Novick

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Abstract

Patients with atrial fibrillation are at significant risk for sustaining a thromboembolic stroke. More than 90% of thromboemboli form in the left atrial appendage. Ligation of the left atrial appendage to reduce the risk of stroke is often performed in connection with other cardiac surgical procedures. As a stand-alone procedure, however, left atrial ligation has generally been deemed too invasive and has gained little support as an alternative therapeutic option. We report a case of port-access robotic-assisted left atrial ligation as a stand-alone procedure in a patient with chronic atrial fibrillation in whom anticoagulation was a contraindication. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of stand-alone robotic-assisted left atrial ligation in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-26
Number of pages3
JournalHeart Surgery Forum
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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