St. Joseph's Hospital is leading the way with advanced treatment for atrial fibrillation, such as the Hybrid procedure. The hybrid ablation procedure, also called a Convergent procedure, is a minimally invasive procedure to treat atrial fibrillation. You may be a candidate for this procedure if you have:
- Long-term atrial fibrillation
- Structural heart disease
- An enlarged or growing left atrium
Minimally Invasive Hybrid Ablation Procedure
The hybrid procedure combines the expertise of our electrophysiologists (heart rhythm specialists) and cardiovascular surgeons in a single procedure. Using a special system:
- Your surgeon uses radiofrequency (extreme heat) to create creates a pattern of lesions (small cuts) on the outside of your heart, without the need for chest incisions.
- At the same time, your electrophysiologist uses a catheter to complete the lesion pattern from inside your heart and checks that they have interrupted the currents that are causing cause atrial fibrillation.
Hybrid Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation: Advanced Care
The multidisciplinary approach of a hybrid procedure allows for a more comprehensive and complete procedure. Our team uses all available techniques and technologies to ensure your best outcome. We perform hybrid ablation in our advanced procedure rooms, equipped with the most sophisticated imaging and surgical equipment. Learn more about our procedure rooms in our Heart Institute.
To learn more about this procedure, read our patient-friendly brochure, Minimally Invasive Hybrid Ablation Procedure.
To schedule a free consultation at our Advanced Center for Atrial Fibrillation call (813) 877-2342.