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Maze is a surgical procedure of the heart. A maze-like pattern of scars is made in the upper chambers of the heart. The chambers are called the atria.
A traditional maze surgery requires the chest to be opened and the heart to be stopped. A mini-maze is done with small incisions and special surgical tools. This often leads to shorter recovery time and lower risk of infection.
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Maze is done to cure atrial fibrillation . Fibrillation is abnormal beating of heart muscle. It is caused by erratic electrical impulses that travel through the heart muscle. These impulses can cause the chambers to beat too fast. This can decrease blood flow through the heart. Atrial fibrillation can also cause blood clots to form in the heart that can travel to the brain and cause a stroke .
Maze is used to treat severe cases that did not respond to medicine or other procedures. Electrical impulses cannot flow through scar tissue. By creating specific patterns of scar tissue, maze surgery creates a pathway for healthy impulses and blocks erratic impulses.
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:
- Anesthesia-related problems
- The need to switch to an open procedure
- Damage to other organs
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- 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 ...