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Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital is one of the select facilities in the nation to offer patients Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair (TEER), formerly referred to as Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair. During this minimally invasive procedure, cardiac surgeons utilize a medical device called a MitraClip, which is a small, clip-like device used to repair the mitral valve. This procedure may provide hope for patients who were previously deemed inoperable for traditional open-heart surgery.

What is Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair?

Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair is a minimally invasive procedure that treats leakage of the mitral valve without requiring open heart surgery. The mitral valve acts as a "doorway" between two chambers in the heart. When it leaks, blood flows backward, making the heart work harder and eventually leading to heart failure. During TEER, the MitraClip is inserted through a catheter in the leg, guided to the heart, and then clipped onto the leaky valve leaflets, gently pulling them closer together to form a tighter seal.

The procedure is FDA-approved for patients who are considered at an elevated risk for surgical mitral valve repair.

Benefits of Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair

Since Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair (TEER) using MitraClip is minimally invasive, it offers a number of benefits for candidates, including:

  • Reduced risk: Compared to open-heart surgery, the MitraClip procedure carries a lower risk of complications and a faster recovery time.
  • Improved quality of life: Studies show significant improvements in symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, and exercise tolerance after MitraClip therapy.
  • Lasting results: The MitraClip has been shown to provide long-lasting repair of the mitral valve, with many patients enjoying symptom relief for years after the procedure.

Patients who undergo Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair experienced a 73% reduction in hospitalizations due to heart failure.

All Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair procedures are performed in a hybrid catheterization lab, using general anesthesia and trans-esophageal echocardiography.

While MitraClip isn't for everyone, it's a game-changer for patients with severe mitral valve regurgitation who are at high risk for traditional surgery. If you're struggling with a leaky mitral valve, be sure to talk to your doctor about whether MitraClip could be the right option for you.


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