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Lorrie’s Catastrophic Mini-Maze Surgery and Its After-Math

Lorrie was an informed Atrial Fibrillation patient. She did everything right.

Lorrie C.

She researched her disease, she studied the choices of surgical treatments. With input from her EP, she thoughtfully decided on a Mini-Maze surgery.

She chose a highly skilled cardiac surgeon with an outstanding reputation. She and a companion interviewed the surgeon and asked loads of questions—twice. And chose one of the top 100 hospitals in the country for her surgery.

It’s a shame she had to endure so many complications.

The first part of Lorrie’s Atrial Fibrillation story was written in 2012 from her hospital room upon re-admission after Mini-Maze surgery. She then jumps to the present and writes about the aftermath. She begins:

“As I sit in my hospital bed on my seventh consecutive day of my second admission, I have finally mustered the strength and clarity of mind to write about my exasperating experience of an elective surgery… .
My A-Fib started when I was in my early 60’s with only a few episodes a year. The story of my Mini-Maze surgery began about four years later when my electrophysiologist felt it was time to put an end to my increasing episodes of Atrial Fibrillation.
Due to having paroxysmal A-Fib (meaning every now and then for unknown reasons) as well as my good health and stamina, at 66 years of age I was the perfect candidate for either a catheter vein ablation or Mini-Maze surgery. Because I was only having about 3 episodes a year and in good health, my EP felt that I would have a success rate of over 95%.
After much research, I decided the Mini-Maze would be the best procedure for me. (My EP felt it would be a better choice than an ablation, for he felt I would have a good outcome, which I did not.)
He also warned me that the Mini-Maze wouldn’t be a “walk in the park.” That was an understatement! …

…Continue reading Lorrie’s story about her mini-maze surgery and learn her advice to others with A-Fib.

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