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Under general anesthesia, the cardiologist will make two tiny incisions – one in your groin and one near the heart. A catheter is inserted into the groin and is advanced to the left atrial appendage. A guide wire is inserted at the site of the second incision near the heart, Using the two wires, a lariat device is used to loop around the appendage and tie it off. This completely seals and stabilizes the appendage and prevents clots from escaping.
One incision is made in your upper thigh and one in your chest.
Patients will remain in the hospital for a day or so.
Most patients feel better after the first week.
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Raleigh, NC 27610