The Complete Approach to AFIB Treatment
- Combines Best Techniques of EP and Surgeon
- Single Setting
- No Chest Incisions or Ports
- Minimal Pain
- Short Hospital Stay
- Quick Recovery Time
- Intra-operative Diagnostics Confirm Success
What is The Convergent Procedure?
A truly minimally invasive approach that combines the best of electrophysiology (EP) and cardiac surgery treatments to help restore normal heart rhythm for all Afib sufferers, including patients with structural heart disease who may have previously failed one or more other treatments.
Which patients are not candidates for The Convergent Procedure?
Patients who have had previous open chest surgical ablation procedures are not eligible for The Convergent Procedure. Please consult your physician to explore your treatment options.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure uses radiofrequency (extreme heat) to produce lesions (scar tissue) on the heart to block abnormal electrical signals. During the procedure, a cardiac surgeon and an EP work as a team, in a single setting. The surgeon is able to create a comprehensive, linear lesion pattern on the outside surface of a beating heart through a small incision (2cm) made in the patient’s abdomen, instead of through invasive chest incisions and/or ports, as in other surgical procedures.
The EP then threads a catheter through the patient’s femoral artery, in the groin, to reach the heart and fill in any gaps in the ablation pattern and utilizes diagnostic techniques to confirm all abnormal electrical signals have been interrupted. The entire procedure lasts roughly half the time of a catheter ablation procedure.
What is recovery like?
Most patients who’ve undergone The Convergent Procedure experience restored normal heart rhythm and have been able to stop taking daily heart rate and heart rhythm medications shortly following treatment. Typical hospital stays have lasted two to three days and patients are back to normal activities quickly.
What is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) is the most common heart rhythm disorder, caused by rapid and disorganized electrical signals that disrupt blood flow in the upper chamber of the heart (atria). Patients typically experience shortness of breath, chest palpitations and fainting. Afib is also a leading cause of stroke.
Why is Afib difficult to treat?
The majority of Afib patients have structural heart disease, which is associated with an enlarged heart and is very challenging to treat effectively with traditional methods. Many of these patients have had continuous Afib for more than one year, may have failed one or more catheter-based treatments, and currently take anti-arrhythmic and anti-coagulant medications.
Which difficult to treat patients are candidates for The Convergent Procedure?
- Patients living with the disease for many years
- Patients with structural heart disease
- Patients with enlarged or growing left atrium (larger than 4.5cm)
- Patients who have failed other Afib treatments