in April I had a mini-maze procedure and LAA occlusion as part of a clinical trial. The second phase is to have a catheter ablation. This will involve mapping my heart and ensuring that the lesions made previously have not left any electrical pathways. If they have, they will be fixed there and then. My consultant assures me that this will be equivalent to a full Cox-Maze IV lesion set. He is convinced that this will leave me AF free without drugs for years (his estimate of its efficacy was much higher than any reports I have read.)
I can stop taking the amiodarone and lansoprazole from today, and i am waiting for a slot for the second op; this could be as soon as August 14, depending on the availability of anaesthetists, but at any rate it will be completed before the end of October. The rivaroxaban will be stopped three months after the second op, at which time the bisoprolol will also be reviewed.
i have to say I am very happy with the results so far.