Maze Procedure—Open Surgery:
What is it?

Maze Procedure—Open Surgery:
How is it Used?


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Maze Procedure—Open Surgery Side Effects and Warnings

Side Effects and Warnings

#Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have this procedure, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Anesthesia-related problems
  • The need for a permanent pacemaker
  • Kidney or other organ failure
  • Stroke
  • Death

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Pre-existing heart, lung, or kidney conditions
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Previous chest surgery
  • Use of certain medicines

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

#Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • New chest pain
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Palpitations or rapid heart rate
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Coughing up blood
  • Headache or feeling faint
  • Inability to urinate
  • Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
  • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
  • Other worrisome symptoms

Call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately if any of the following occurs:

  • Sudden chest pain
  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Problems with vision or speaking
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of your body

If you think you have an emergency, CALL 911.

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