The increasing prevalence of atrial fibrillation with the aging population and its associated major morbidity and mortality due to thromboembolic stroke have resulted in intensive research on stroke prevention or stroke risk reduction strategies. Several surgical techniques for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion have evolved over the past decades. Surgeons have been using different techniques leading to highly variable and, in particular, poor data on outcomes. LAA closure is performed either as a concomitant procedure during open-heart surgery or as a stand-alone surgical procedure as part of minimally invasive (mini-thoracotomy or thoracoscopy) arrhythmia surgery. Data on the safety and feasibility of surgical LAA occlusion are derived mainly from nonrandomized case series, observational and cohort studies, or registries with mostly inconclusive and conflicting results. Increased awareness of the high failure rates in attaining complete LAA occlusion, thus avoiding poor surgical techniques (e. g., simple suture ligation, endocardial suturing etc.), and the availability of newer devices (e. g., AtriClip device) have recently led to improved surgical results in the literature. If further validated in large-scale studies, these recent promising developments in the field of surgical LAA treatment seem to offer alternatives for patients ineligible for oral anticoagulation therapy with vitamin K antagonists or newer non-vitamin-K-dependent oral anticoagulants.