Mitral regurgitation is a heart condition that causes blood to leak backward through
the heart’s mitral valve. Most patients can have surgery through the vein
in the groin to deploy a clip into the mitral valve to eliminate the leak. The MitraClip
procedure is a percutaneous trans-septal technique, done through the skin to access
the heart, and is appropriate for high-risk patients who cannot have the more common
Cardiothoracic surgeons at the UF Health Cardiovascular Center in Jacksonville correct
mitral regurgitation with this procedure, which improves the quality of life for
patients throughout the region.
Who Qualifies for the MitraClip Procedure
If you have mitral regurgitation and your cardiologist has determined the risks
are too high for you to undergo a traditional open-heart procedure, the MitraClip
procedure is another option. For example, if you are over 70 years old or are more
than 30 pounds overweight, the MitraClip procedure may be a good alternative.
However, you are not a candidate for the MitraClip procedure if you have:
- Rheumatic heart disease
- A high risk of bleeding
- A valve infection
- A clot in the heart or blood vessels
Benefits of the MitraClip Procedure
The MitraClip procedure has several benefits over traditional mitral valve surgery,
- Less invasive than open heart surgery
- Greatly improves symptoms of mitral regurgitation and your quality of life quickly
after the procedure
- Required hospital stay is typically only two to three days
What to Expect During the MitraClip Procedure
During this procedure, you will be under general anesthesia. On average, the MitraClip
procedure takes about one to three hours to perform, though it can take longer in
Because this is not surgery, we access the femoral vein and insert a small tube
and guide it through the vein to your heart. Your interventionalist crosses the
septum (the dividing wall) between the right and left upper chambers and passes
the MitraClip (small metal clip) through this tube into the left side of your heart.
The MitraClip is positioned over the leaky mitral valve and tiny adjustments are
made to ensure the clip is in the correct position. Your surgeon will remove the
tube from your heart, back through your vessels and out of the incision in the groin.
The incision is then stitched up. You will likely stay in the hospital two to three
days following the procedure.
Once in place, the MitraClip helps to better control the flow of blood and reduce
mitral regurgitation by clipping together a small area of the mitral valve so that
the blood can no longer leak back into it. In some rare cases, a second or even
third MitraClip may need to be placed to fully control mitral regurgitation.
Recovering from the MitraClip Procedure
You should expect to stay in the hospital for about two to three days following
this procedure. In most cases, you’ll be prescribed a blood thinning medication
to reduce your risk of blood clots.
Why Choose UF Health for the MitraClip Procedure
The UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville has internationally recognized
physicians who are leaders in cardiac care, research and education. Our doctors
have been leaders in minimally invasive chest and heart surgery for more than two
decades. Our cardiothoracic (heart and chest) surgeons are professors and researchers
in one of the nation’s largest cardiothoracic training programs as part of
the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.
Our cardiologists, as faculty of the University
of Florida Division of Cardiology – Jacksonville, participate in numerous
national and international clinical trials. Using the most sophisticated equipment
available, the center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative
cardiac services. Many leading-edge interventional therapies and more treatment
options are offered in Northeast Florida only at the UF Health Cardiovascular Center
– Jacksonville which in many cases means better outcomes for cardiovascular
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