Atrial Fibrillation & Maze Procedures– interviews Dr. John Sirak

In this video, Dr. John Sirak, of the Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus, OH), talks about the 5-box total thoracoscopic maze procedure, a minimally-invasive surgical procedure for afib that is achieving good results, even among those with persistent or longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation.

This video is a companion to our previous article, New Mini Maze Procedure Shows Promise for Treating Persistent Atrial Fibrillation, at:

Dr. Sirak is a cardiothoracic surgeon at The Ohio State University Medical Center, specializing in cardiac surgery as well as general thoracic surgery. He is the principal investigator for a study of minimally invasive surgical therapy of AF and co-investigator in a single center randomized controlled trial of epicardial vs. percutaneous atrial fibrillation therapy.

6 Responses to Atrial Fibrillation & Maze Procedures– interviews Dr. John Sirak

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  • Mike Ashcraft says:

    I am alongstanding Atrialfib Pt with a HX of Hesrt Attack @ LAD,COPD,Cardiomyopathy, and Atherosclerosis. I had Ablation therapy for V-Tach successfully performed at Baptist Hospital Lexington by Dr. Tomasoni. This video gives me hope to rid myself of the aaaaaaapersistent A-Fib I now suffer which is debillitating to the point of being bedridden. All medications have ,at best, relieved symptoms for a few weeks to a month before the symptoms return. God knows how I suffer, and, need help badly. Can someone E-mail me with the name of a Doctor in the Cincinnati area who can perform the “Box procedure? Please, I’m begging you for help. I can stand it no longer!

    • mmoss says:

      Hi Mike,
      The only 5box doctor is Dr. Sirak, who just happens to be in Columbus, OH. People come from throughout the US to him.


  • Linda says:

    I have a fib for 2014 only meds I been on was a rate control and high blood pressure. I have been to 2 Drs one wants to do the
    Cartavertion where they shook you heart and put me on Coumadin and meds.The other said no shooting the heart won’t do any good.he going to try meds first but took me Im heading for a catheter ablation. My afib come and goes but I do have asthma.Would I be fit from the Mimi Maza and should i wait to see if meds help first? Does the anyone in or around akron Ohio does this?

    • Linda says:

      This is linda sorry I have had AFib since 2006 my mother had bypass at 76 and passes away do to stroke.what is your option on abating? Do the work and which kind is best? I had a knee replacement in 2012 gallbladder removed in 2010 and hyena hernia surgery in 2005. I’m very scared about AFib and what it can great grandmother died in her sleep at 80. My grandmother had a pacemaker it stopped in the hosipal she died and they brought her back to life’s he was 80 when she pass way of poison in her legs.i don’t like to be on meds.all my live I have high blood. Pressure but overall pretty u think the mini Maza would help or the ablation .Which kind do you think works better heat or cold ? I really only want to do something once and work thank you linda I heard about you from Dr Jeffery Courson.

    • Linda says:

      Also it on my left top side and the left side of my heart little enlarged I was told .thank you for understanding my situation in reading this. .linda

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