Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Wisconsin, and one of only a few in the nation, to offer hybrid ablation (sometimes called the convergent procedure) for atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is a type of irregular heartbeat, and as many as 6 million Americans have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
While traditional treatments usually can help control AFib symptoms, the AFib often returns after treatment. When it does, the risk of blood clots, stroke or heart failure return as well.
Hybrid ablation is an innovative procedure to stop AFib in its tracks. With one hybrid procedure, doctors can ablate (destroy) targeted tissue in and outside the heart. Ablation blocks the electrical pathways that cause arrhythmia.
Compared to traditional treatment, the hybrid treatment has shown:
You might be a candidate for a hybrid procedure if:
Our experts work in a truly collaborative environment. Our world-class tools and technology allow us to provide personalized treatment to every person we care for.
Aurora Health Care’s hybrid procedure for AFib offers:
Learn more about our other AFib treatments provided through our Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Center.
Hybrid ablation combines two treatment options – catheter-based care and minimally invasive surgery – into a single procedure.
This means that people who have the hybrid procedure only undergo anesthesia once. Hybrid ablation also has just one hospitalization and one recovery. As a result, you can get back to work, family, friends and recreation sooner.
Here is what to expect from the hybrid ablation procedure: