John Pigott, MD
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On this page you will find an overview of this atrial fibrillation patient services provider's atrial fibrillation treatments and background, as well as information about this provider's specialized afib procedures, such as catheter ablation, maze surgery, or the mini maze procedure, and the provider's treatment results, when available. There are also reviews by other afib patients, when available.Provide a Patient Review List Your Services with Us
1415 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Medical School – University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences
Residency – General Surgery – University of Alabama at Birmingham
Residency Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery – University of Pennsylvania
Specialty Certification and Recertification – Surgery
Specialty Certification and Recertification – Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
- Tulane Medical Center
- Oschner Kenner Regional Medical Center
- Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
- International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
- Southern Surgical Society
- American Medical Association
- Surgical Association of Louisiana
Atrial Fibrillation Procedures
Dr. Pigott treats patients with atrial fibrillation using the most up-to-date therapies available. These include the minimally invasive “Mini Maze”, the “Open Maze” and the “Open Maze” combined with valve surgery or coronary artery bypass surgery.
The Minimally Invasive Mini Maze
Many patients with atrial fibrillation are able to be treated by a minimally invasive approach. This procedure, the Mini Maze, uses radio frequency energy to electrically isolate the areas responsible for triggering atrial fibrillation. These areas are in the lung veins and left atrium. In addition, the left atrial appendage, which may be responsible for strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation, is removed.
The procedure is called minimally invasive because the incisions are generally 2 inches or less and are located on each side of the chest. Sternotomy (dividing the breastbone) is not necessary.
Dr. Pigott has performed the Mini Maze since the Fall of 2005 and currently trains other physicians in the procedure.
Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation will have a greater than 70% success rate with the Mini Maze.
Patients with intermittent (paroxysmal) atrial fibrillation will have a greater than 90% success rate with the Mini Maze.
Some patients are not appropriate candidates for a Mini Maze. These patients may still be successfully treated for atrial fibrillation by the Open Maze. The Open Maze does involve open heart surgery. The cure rate for patients undergoing an Open Maze is greater than 95%.
Other patients with atrial fibrillation may also have coronary artery disease or heart valve disease for which open heart surgery is indicated. The Open Maze can be performed at the same time as coronary artery bypass surgery and/or heart valve surgery.