Ultra-Minimally Invasive Left Atrial Ligation
For Afib patients, it’s where 1/5 of an inch can change their lives.
It’s called the left atrial appendage. For patients with atrial fibrillation,
it can become a reservoir where blood clots form, migrate and cause stroke
or other serious problems. That’s why afib patients require blood
thinners that, while effective, can impact quality of life.
What if you could eliminate that appendage and thus eliminate the need
for blood thinners? At Boca Raton Regional Hospital we can.
Boca Regional’s Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Richard Cartledge,
MD, FACS, is one of a select group of surgeons nationally to be performing
ultra-minimally invasive ligation of the left atrial appendage. Using
two microscopic incisions, he seals off the appendage and closes it from
circulation so clots no longer can be formed in the structure. It is then
reabsorbed by the body.
No left atrial appendage. No risk of forming clots. No need for blood thinners.
And Dr. Cartledge does the procedure using incisions that are 1/5 of an
inch compared to traditional minimally invasive openings of 2.5 inches.
That means most patients require only over-the-counter pain medication,
require no post-operative chest tube and can go home the next day.