Surgical atrial fibrillation ablation: An electrophysiologist's perspective

Elad Anter, David J. Callans*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The experience and insight obtained during surgical ablation of all types of arrhythmias was formative for electrophysiology and catheter ablation. The early surgical ablation experience provided proof of concept as well direct operative observation of anatomy and pathophysiologic mechanisms. For atrial fibrillation (AF), surgical ablation anticipated many of the problems that catheter ablation subsequently encountered, although these lessons were not promptly appreciated. Rather than competition, greater cooperation and communication between surgeons and electrophysiologists in the future would be more likely to enhance understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of AF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-402
Number of pages8
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Electrophysiology
  • Heart
  • Surgery


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