LAA occlusion can benefit patients who need heart surgery and also have atrial fibrillation. The procedure is also helpful for those who have isolated atrial fibrillation and choose to have surgical ablation (maze procedure).

During surgery, the surgeon can either remove the LAA and sew the area closed or use a special device called the AtriClip*. The AtriClip is implanted from the outside of the heart and stops the flow of blood between the LAA and the left atrium.

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If you would like to be evaluated to see if surgical closure of the LAA is the best treatment option for you, Cleveland Clinic surgeons will review your records.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/11/2019.

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