A 60-year old male with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation underwent a combined procedure of left atrial appendage occlusion and pulmonary vein isolation. However, an acute intraprocedural 24-mm Watchman device dislodgement occurred, and thus a decision for urgent surgery was made. However, it was noted during the surgery that the device had migrated further to the descending aorta, just distal to the left subclavian artery. Since a right sternotomy access for retrieval was not feasible, a percutaneous approach was justified. A homemade snare was created using a combination of a long sheath, J-wire, and a regular snare, and the device was successfully retrieved without significant difficulty.
- Atrial fibrillation
- Left atrial appendage occlusion