About

There are numerous ways to control and treat atrial fibrillation, including medicines and interventions done by your cardiologist with a catheter. There is also surgery. The surgical intervention to treat atrial fibrillation is called the MAZE procedure. The goal of the MAZE procedure is to do the following:

  • Wear away the arrhythmia
  • Restore synchrony between the atria and the ventricles
  • Preserve organized atrial contraction

Through the strategic placement of incisions in both atria, the circular electrical patterns that are responsible for this arrhythmia are interrupted and consequently the formation and conduction of errant electrical impulses is stopped. Scar tissue generated by the incisions permanently blocks the travel routes of the erroneous electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation eliminating the arrhythmia. The heart's natural pacemaker originating in the SA node will resume with the normal electrical impulse.

Treatments

Cardiac Ablation

Other Cardiac Surgery Procedures

Here at University of Utah Health this procedure is performed in conjunction with other cardiac surgery procedures like the following:

Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Phillip T. Burch, MD

Dr. Burch performs repairs for a wide variety of congenital cardaic anomalies. In addition to clinical responsibilities, Dr. Burch has research interests in single ventricle physiology as well as in derangements in normal neonatal metabolism caused by cardiac surgery.... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

Primary Children's Hospital 801-662-5577

Aaron W. Eckhauser, MD, MSCI

I joined the University of Utah, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2012. I am board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. My clinical interests are focused on caring for all patients, from neonates to adults, with congenital heart defects. I have a special interest in pediatric heart... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Transplant, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

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Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

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Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Stephen McKellar, MD, MSc

Dr. McKellar is a native of Salt Lake City and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and his Doctor of Medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgical and Cardiothoracic Surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in a combined, integrated training program. ... Read More

Craig H. Selzman, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dr. Craig Selzman is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah who specializes in the care of patients requiring heart surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his General and Cardiothoracic Surgery training... Read More

Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS

Patient Rating:

4.9

4.9 out of 5

Dr. Thomas Varghese Jr. is the Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah. He is the Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Co-Director of the Thoracic Oncology Progam at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Unive... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building 801-662-1000
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-581-0434

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Nathan C. Sontum, PA-C, MHS

PA-C for department of CT surgery 2010-Present... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Scott A. Tatum, PA-C

Scott came to the University almost 9 years ago from private practice. As a trainer and consultant for Endoscopic Vein harvesting, he has effectively introduced and incorporated new technology and procedures into the University healthcare system. As the senior physician assistant in the division of cardiothoracic surgery, Scott has 17 years experie... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital 801-581-2121

Locations

University Campus
University of Utah Hospital
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
801-581-2121
Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
801-662-1000
Veterans Administration Medical Center
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84148
801-582-1565