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A Journal on Surgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Chirurgia 2008 April;21(2):89-91
Purse-string technique for off-pump radiofrequency ablation of both atria
Ishikawa S., Neya K., Kawasaki A., Wada S., Kito M., Ueda K.
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery Teikyo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
We report a new purse-string technique for off-pump Radiofre-quency ablation of both atria using bipolar probes. Following a standard median sternotomy, an ablation probe is inserted into both atria through the multiple purse-string sutures and lesions are completed. Intraoperative bleeding associated with the insertion of ablation probe can be minimized using purse-string sutures. In conclusion, this technique was safe and effective and should be a treatment of choice as the development of ablation devices progresses.