Modern Perspectives on Atrial Fibrillation Surgery

The course will run from 24-25 November 2016. THURSDAY 24 November Closed chest strategiesB van Putte, Nieuwegein 09:30 Introduction and case presentation S Benussi, Zürich 09:35 Atrial fibrillation, classification and clinical implications.  Why should a surgeon bother? M Castella, Barcelona 10:00 Medical treatment of atrial fibrillation: Rate control strategies and rhythm control strategies. When does … Continue reading "Modern Perspectives on Atrial Fibrillation Surgery"

The course will run from 24-25 November 2016.

THURSDAY 24 November

Closed chest strategiesB van Putte, Nieuwegein

09:30 Introduction and case presentation S Benussi, Zürich
09:35 Atrial fibrillation, classification and clinical implications.  Why should a surgeon bother? M Castella, Barcelona
10:00 Medical treatment of atrial fibrillation: Rate control strategies and rhythm control strategies. When does non pharmacological treatment come into play? D Kotecha, Birmingham
10:30 Catheter ablation: Indications, outcomes, limits.  What does the interventional cardiologist need from the surgeon? ES Tan, Groningen
11:00 Electrophysiological basis of atrial fibrillation surgery. End points. S Benussi, Zürich
11:25 Break
11:45 Ablation technology in atrial fibrillation surgery A Pozzoli, Milan
12:15 Open surgical ablation for concomitant atrial fibrillation S Nashef, Cambridge
12:45 Discussion
13:00 Lunch
Surgical Therapies for Lone Atrial Fibrillation
14:00
14:30 Stand alone open ablation S Benussi, Zürich
14:50 Break
15:00 Left appendage management in atrial fibrillation surgery: when and how B van Putte, Nieuwegein
15:30 Deep into the new atrial fibrillation guidelines: Practical aspects M Castella, Barcelona; D Kotecha, Birmingham
16:00 Discussion of sample cases
16:30 Close
FRIDAY 25 November
Surgical Techniques
09:00 Open atrial fibrillation surgery. Technical detail M Castella, Barcelona
09:20 Hands-on open atrial fibrillation surgery M Castella, Barcelona; S Nashef, Cambridge
11:30 Complications and follow-up considerations. The importance of post-operative management S Nashef, Cambridge
12:00 Discussion
12:15 Lunch
13:00 Thoracoscopic atrial fibrillation surgery and left atrial appendage exclusion: Technical detail B van Putte, Nieuwegein
13:30 Hands-on thoracoscopic atrial fibrillation surgery and left atrial appendage exclusion M Castella, Barcelona; B van Putte, Nieuwegein
15:45 Discussion
16:00 Close

COURSE INFORMATION

Date/Duration
24-25 November 2016 (2 day course)

Location
Windsor, UK

Course Director/s
S Benussi, Zürich

Course Overview
To bring delegates up to date with the current techniques and technology of surgery for atrial fibrillation. Until recently surgical approaches have had higher rates of initial success than traditional cardiological electrophysiology, but at the expense of greater morbidity. This course will expose the recent developments in minimal invasive technology and describe the latest results that can be achieved with modern surgical approaches.

Course Fees
Members: €400 inclusive of 20% VAT (UK)
Non-Members: €450 inclusive of 20% VAT (UK)

Course fee includes lunches and refreshments and dinner on Thursday 24 November 2016.

Course Format
High level interactive lectures, videos and wetlab.

Target Audience
Senior trainees and consultants who wish to specialise in this exciting and rapidly developing area.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation
  • To develop expertise in the assessment of these patients, and the interpretation of their investigations
  • To develop a portfolio of skills for handling arrhythmias both as an isolated operation and as a concomitant procedure during open heart surgery
  • To understand the complications inherent in this type of surgery and how to avoid them
  • To appreciate the necessity of a heart team approach, how to build and maintain a tough-minded team

Faculty

  • Stefano Benussi
  • Manuel Castella
  • Dipak Kotecha
  • Samer Nashef
  • Eng-Shiong Tan
  • Bart van Putte