Medication Guide App

Minimally Invasive Maze Procedure

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A minimally invasive maze procedure is an endoscopic surgery done to treat atrial fibrillation.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Anticoagulants are a type of blood thinner medicine that helps prevent clots. Clots can cause strokes, heart attacks, and death. These medicines may cause you to bleed or bruise more easily.

    • Watch for bleeding from your gums or nose. Watch for blood in your urine and bowel movements. Use a soft washcloth and a soft toothbrush. If you shave, use an electric razor. Avoid activities that can cause bruising or bleeding.

    • Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you take because many medicines cannot be used with anticoagulants. Do not start or stop any medicines unless your healthcare provider tells you to. Tell your dentist and other caregivers that you take anticoagulants. Wear a bracelet or necklace that says you take this medicine.

    • You will need regular blood tests so your healthcare provider can decide how much medicine you need. Take anticoagulants exactly as directed. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you forget to take the medicine, or if you take too much.

    • If you take warfarin, some foods can change how your blood clots. Do not make major changes to your diet while you take warfarin. Warfarin works best when you eat about the same amount of vitamin K every day. Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables, broccoli, grapes, and other foods. Ask for more information about what to eat when you take warfarin.

  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your PHP how to take this medicine safely.

  • Heart medicine is given to strengthen or regulate your heartbeat.

  • Diuretics decrease edema (excess fluid) that collects in a part of your body, such as your legs. Diuretics can also remove excess fluid from around your heart or lungs and decrease your blood pressure. You may urinate more often when you take this medicine.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your PHP or surgeon as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Lifestyle changes:

  • Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol may worsen your heart condition or interact with your heart medicine. Tell your PHP if you drink alcohol and you need help to stop drinking.

  • Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed. When you are allowed to bathe or shower, you may need to carefully wash the incisions with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Contact your PHP or surgeon if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have nausea or are vomiting.

  • You have redness, discharge, or pain in the incision area or where the catheter was inserted.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have any of the following signs of a heart attack:

    • Squeezing, pressure, or pain in your chest that lasts longer than 5 minutes or returns

    • Discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or arm

    • Trouble breathing

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Lightheadedness or a sudden cold sweat, especially with chest pain or trouble breathing

  • You have any of the following signs of a stroke:

    • Numbness or drooping on one side of your face

    • Weakness in an arm or leg

    • Confusion or difficulty speaking

    • Dizziness, a severe headache, or vision loss

  • You have bleeding, increased bruising, and swelling in the incision area or where the catheter was inserted.

  • Your leg used for the catheterization becomes cold, numb, pale, or is very painful.

  • Your signs and symptoms come back or get worse.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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