Surgeon Success Story #1:
My 15-Year Experience Using Surgical Ablation
Dr. Husam Balky 

Surgeon Success Story #1:
My 15-Year Experience Using Surgical Ablation
Dr. Husam Balky 

Surgeon Success Story #1:
My 15-Year Experience Using Surgical Ablation
Dr. Husam Balky 



“When we do the long-term follow-up with our AFib patients, we find that
many of them are able to get off blood thinners and stay in sinus rhythm."

- Dr. Husam Balkhy, University of Chicago Medicine

Surgeon Success Story #2:
My 30-Year Experience with the Maze Procedure
Dr. Steve Bolling

Surgeon Success Story #2:
My 30-Year Experience with the Maze Procedure
Dr. Steve Bolling

Surgeon Success Story #2:
My 30-Year Experience with the Maze Procedure
Dr. Steve Bolling



“I brought surgical ablation into my practice in the 1980s. It's the right thing to do.
You reduce the stroke rate. You drive them back into sinus rhythm. 
It's an important tool for my AFib patients and the risk is minimal.”
-- Dr. Steve Bolling, Michigan Medicine

“I brought surgical ablation into my practice in the 1980s. It's the right thing to do.
You reduce the stroke rate. You drive them back into sinus rhythm.  It's an important
tool for my AFib patients and the risk is minimal.”

-- Dr. Steve Bolling, Michigan Medicine

“I brought surgical ablation into my practice in the 1980s. It's the right thing to do.
You reduce the stroke rate. You drive them back into sinus rhythm.  It's an important
tool for my AFib patients and the risk is minimal.”

-- Dr. Steve Bolling, Michigan Medicine

Surgeon Success Story #3:
My 30-Year Experience with Surgical Ablation
Dr. Patrick McCarthy

Surgeon Success Story #3:
My 30-Year Experience with Surgical Ablation
Dr. Patrick McCarthy

Surgeon Success Story #3:
My 30-Year Experience with Surgical Ablation
Dr. Patrick McCarthy



"The way that I've been doing the Maze procedure for the last five years, it only adds about 10 minutes. For patients who are really symptomatic they really appreciate this when they're suddenly out of atrial fib."
-- Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

"The way that I've been doing the Maze procedure for the last five years, it only adds about
10 minutes. For patients who are really symptomatic they really appreciate this when
they're suddenly out of atrial fib."

-- Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

"The way that I've been doing the Maze procedure for the last five years, it only adds about
10 minutes. For patients who are really symptomatic they really appreciate this when
they're suddenly out of atrial fib."
-- Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Surgeon Success Story #4:
12-Years of Surgical Ablation Follow-Up
Dr. Marc Gerdisch

Surgeon Success Story #4:
12-Years of Surgical Ablation Follow-Up
Dr. Marc Gerdisch

Surgeon Success Story #4:
12-Years of Surgical Ablation Follow-Up
Dr. Marc Gerdisch



“For the last 12 years, I have rigorous follow-up on every patient that I've done the Maze Procedure on.  Not only are they staying alive but they're staying well and they're staying in rhythm." 

-- Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Franciscan Health

“For the last 12 years, I have rigorous follow-up on every patient that I've done the Maze Procedure on.
Not only are they staying alive but they're staying well and they're staying in rhythm." 

-- Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Franciscan Health

“I started thinking about adding atrial fibrillation surgery to my regular open heart procedures long ago.
Now, we are really able to make an impact on patients with AFib who are coming to surgery anyway.”
-- Dr. Husam Balkhy, University of Chicago Medicine


Page last updated: June 10, 2019