Can the MitraClip Procedure Help Me?

Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) is a minimally invasive procedure that may be an option for patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation who are too sick for surgery. Unlike surgery, this procedure does not require opening the chest. Instead, doctors access the mitral valve using a thin tube (catheter) that is guided through a vein in your leg to reach your heart.

What is the MitraClip NT Device?

The MitraClip NT Device is a small clip that is implanted on your mitral valve. The device treats mitral regurgitation by closing the center of the mitral valve. The valve continues to open and close on either side of the clip, allowing blood to flow on both sides of the clip into the left ventricle while reducing or preventing blood from flowing back into the left atrium.

  • The procedure is less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery.
  • The procedure is included in the new medical guidelines for treating mitral regurgitation.
  • Procedures may vary from person to person, but patients are usually released from the hospital between two to three days.
  • You should experience improvement in your symptoms of mitral regurgitation and quality of life soon after your procedure.

What Are the Benefits?

As of February 2015, more than 20,000 patients have been treated with the MitraClip device globally. Clinical data from patients who underwent the MitraClip procedure demonstrate an immediate reduction of mitral regurgitation and a low hospital length of stay of 2.9 days.

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