What is a MitraClip procedure?
Our minimally invasive MitraClip procedure is designed to greatly reduce the symptoms of mitral regurgitation and heart valve disease such as shortness of breath and is an alternative for those who may not be a good candidate for heart surgery. This procedure can also help patients who have weak heart pumping function, experience less heart failure.
Your doctor will introduce the system through a vein in the groin area and it will be advanced to reach the heart. The MitraClip implant will be guided from the right atrium to the left atrium and then ultimately to your mitral valve through the catheter.
Your doctor will implant the MitraClip at the appropriate position on your mitral valve. The MitraClip will grasp the mitral valve leaflets to close the center of the mitral valve and reduce mitral regurgitation. Once the MitraClip is in place and working properly, the MitraClip Delivery System and the Steerable Guide Catheter will then be removed from your body. The implanted MitraClip will become a permanent part of your heart, allowing your mitral valve to close more tightly and reduce the backward flow of blood.
Benefits - Minimally invasive, catheter based procedure
Transcatheter mitral valve repair is a U.S. approved, minimally invasive treatment to repair your leaking mitral valve using an implanted clip. The entire system is introduced through a vein in the groin area and advanced to the heart.
- Minimally invasive - This procedure does not require opening the chest or temporarily stopping the heart.
- Quick procedure - The implantation procedure typically lasts 1 to 3 hours.
- Short hospital stay - Patients are usually released from the hospital within 1 to 3 days, significantly less time compared to surgery.
- 51% reduced risk of heart failure hospitalization
- 2.5X more likely to experience a large improvement in health-related quality of life.
Pictured below, you can see the size of the clip, as small as a dime.