Will you need to follow-up with a cardiologist?

You will return to Cleveland Clinic’s post surgery clinic as well as your local doctor within one week of being discharged from the hospital to ensure you are healing properly. You will then follow-up with your cardiologist within 4-6 weeks of being discharged to check on your heart rhythm and again to ensure you are healing properly. We recommend that you have an EKG at 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months after surgery and then annually thereafter. In addition, we recommend a longer term heart rhythm monitor (called a Holter monitor) at 6 months and 1 year. We would appreciate it if you would ask your doctor to send a copy of the EKG and Holter monitor to Cleveland Clinic to add to your medical records. If you notice atrial fibrillation starting after you are discharged, you will need to see your cardiologist. The Cleveland Clinic staff is happy to work with you, your local doctor and your local cardiologist on helping you recover fully after your surgery. Your post-surgery team will give you a phone number to contact for any post-discharge questions.

Successful Results

Surgeons began performing the Maze procedure at Cleveland Clinic in 1991 and currently have the nation's largest experience with the surgical management of atrial fibrillation. Improvements in surgical techniques over the years have produced successful results in most patients:

  • Rapid recovery from minimally invasive ablation
  • Long-term freedom from atrial fibrillation
  • Decreased symptoms
  • Greatly reduced embolic events (such as blood clots or stroke)
  • Decreased atrial (top chamber of the heart) size in those with enlarged atria pre-surgery, particularly those who undergo Maze procedure with mitral valve repair procedure
  • See our surgical outcomes

You may also use our Secure Online Second Opinion Service using the Internet.

If you are already treated at Cleveland Clinic for atrial fibrillation, talk to your cardiologist about whether surgery is an option for you.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/01/2019.

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