Dominican Hospital is one of the providers in the Bay Area, and the only hospital in the Monterey Bay area, to offer patients MitraClipTM, a procedure to fix your mitral valve.
What is Mitral Valve repair?
Transcatherter Edge to Edge Repair (TEER) repair of a mitral valve is a procedure used to correct problems with the mitral valve without replacing it. The mitral valve controls blood flow between the two left chambers of your heart. The normal flow of blood can be disrupted when your mitral valve is damaged.
Your doctor may recommend a TEER procedure if the damage to your mitral valve is not severe. Mitral valve repair procedure is minimally invasive and typically involves a shorter recovery time and less risk of complications than traditional open heart surgery.
What Is MitraClip1?
The Dominican cardiac team uses a MitraClip device during the TEER procedure to fix your mitral valve. Doctors may refer you for a transcatheter mitral valve repair as a minimally invasive alternative to traditional cardiac heart valve surgery.
Most patients experience improvement in their mitral valve-related symptoms and quality of life soon after the procedure.
What Happens During The Procedure?
During the procedure, doctors access the mitral valve with a thin tube (called a catheter) that is guided through a vein in your leg to reach your heart. A small implanted clip is attached to your mitral valve to help it close more completely. This helps to improve blood flow through your heart.
How Do I Know If I’m A Good Candidate?
You will be evaluated by a specially trained heart team, including an interventional cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon, who will review your medical history and perform a variety of tests. There are several factors they will take into consideration when deciding whether or not you are eligible for open-heart surgery and therefore a possible candidate for MitraClip therapy, such as your age, frailty, and the condition of your heart.
How Long Will I Be In The Hospital?
On average, this minimally invasive procedure takes only a few hours and your hospital stay may be as short as overnight.
After this quick procedure, people have had less risk of mortality, had fewer hospitalizations, and felt much better than with just medication.2
Learn More About MitraClip
To learn more about our services and how we can help, please visit Mitraclip or call us at (831) 462-7707. To find a doctor, please visit our online Find a Doctor tool.
1 Information is from https://mitraclip.com/
2 Lim DS et al. Contemporary Outcomes with MitraClip (NTRXTR) System In Primary Mitral Regurgitation Results From The Global EXPAND, ACC 2020.