Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR - MitraClip) is a non-surgical and minimally invasive alternative for patients with mitral valve regurgitation who are considered too high risk for traditional open-heart surgery procedures.
Oklahoma Heart Institute was the first hospital to perform the TMVR (MitraClip) procedure in Tulsa.
What is Mitral Valve Regurgitation?
The mitral valve is the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle of your heart. In a normally functioning valve, blood flows in a single direction between the left atrium and left ventricle. When your mitral valve’s two leaflets (or flaps) do not close properly, some blood flows backward through the valve back into the left atrium. This is called mitral regurgitation (MR).
As a result, blood can't move through your heart or to the rest of your body as efficiently, making you feel tired or out of breath. Treatment of mitral regurgitation depends on how severe your condition is, whether it's getting worse and whether you have symptoms. Untreated severe mitral regurgitation can cause heart failure or heart rhythm problems.
What is Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR - MitraClip)?
If a cardiac surgeon determines you are too high risk for open-heart surgery, TMVR (MitraClip) is a non-surgical and minimally-invasive alternative. TMVR (MitraClip) allows for repair of the leaky mitral valve using one or more small clip-like devices to be placed on the mitral valve to decrease the leaking. This is done without opening your chest or stopping your heart.
What is MitraClip?
MitraClip therapy is an approved treatment to repair your leaking mitral valve using an implanted clip. The MitraClip device is smaller than the size of a dime.
What Happens during the Procedure?
First a small incision will be made in your leg vein used to deliver the clip to your heart. Your doctor will implant the clip in the best position to bring the mitral valve leaflets together to reduce the mitral regurgitation. Once the clip is in place it will become a permanent part of your heart, allowing your mitral valve to close more tightly and reduce the backward flow of blood.
What are the Benefits of TMVR (MitraClip)?
Mitral valve replacement/repair is the most effective treatment to alleviate symptoms in patients with moderately severe/severe mitral regurgitation. However, a substantial number of these patients will be too high risk for surgery. Since outcomes with medical management are uniformly poor, TMVR (MitraClip) is a less invasive and alternative to surgical aortic-valve replacement for patients who are too high risk for surgery.
- Shorter recovery time
- Minimally invasive
- Significantly less pain than open heart surgery
- Life-saving option for high risk patients
What is the Recovery Time after a TMVR (MitraClip) Procedure?
The average hispital stay is two to three days, and patients are generally up and walking the day following the procedure. TMVR (MitraClip) is significantly less painful and less invasive than open-heart surgery.