Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure (PLAAC)
A Minimally Invasive Procedure to Reduce Stroke Risk
What is PLAAC surgery?
Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure (or PLAAC Surgery) is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib).
What type of procedure is it?
How long does PLAAC surgery usually take?
PLAAC surgery typically takes 1-2 hours to perform.
When is it recommended to have this procedure done?
PLAAC surgery is recommended for patients with AFib who are at high risk of stroke and cannot take blood-thinning medications or have had bleeding complications from these medications.
What happens during PLAAC surgery?
What do you need to do before the procedure?
Before having PLAAC surgery, patients will need to undergo several tests to evaluate their heart and overall health. They may also need to stop taking certain medications and fast for a period of time before the procedure.
What are the post-procedural recommendations?
What are the possible complications, and how likely are they to occur?
How long will you need to stay in the hospital after the procedure?
How long will it take to fully recover after the procedure?
In conclusion, Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure (PLAAC) is a minimally invasive procedure that can be a safe and effective treatment option for patients with atrial fibrillation who are at high risk of stroke and cannot take blood-thinning medications. While there are some risks associated with the procedure, they are generally low, and the benefits of reduced stroke risk can be significant.
If you have AFib and are at risk of stroke, talk to your doctor about whether PLAAC may be an appropriate treatment option for you.
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