MitraClip Treatment in Washington, D.C
If you have a heart condition called mitral regurgitation but you’re unable to have surgery, MitraClip™ transcatheter mitral valve repair is a minimally invasive procedure that can resolve your symptoms. Until now, mitral valve surgery has been the only option for treating mitral regurgitation, but you now have a less-invasive treatment option.
Considering any type of procedure can be stressful for both patients and caregivers, but knowing the facts about the MitraClip procedure can help alleviate anxiety:
- It is less invasive than traditional open heart surgery
- It is included in the new medical guidelines to treat mitral regurgitation.
- Patients usually have only a short hospital stay of two to three days.
- Improvement in symptoms of mitral regurgitation generally happen quickly.
- This procedure can improve your quality of life.
What To Expect During the MitraClip Procedure
MitraClip is a form of transcatheter mitral valve repair. It is generally performed in a hybrid suite under general anesthesia while a ventilator helps you breathe. Using a fluoroscopy (type of x-ray) and echocardiography (heart ultrasound), the doctors can visualize your heart while inserting a catheter into the heart through a small incision in your upper leg. The catheter is used to place a clip onto your mitral valve to help it close. The doctor will perform some tests to be sure the clip is working properly. The implanted clip becomes a part of your heart and you will need to carry a card so you can inform doctors about your MitraClip.
What Are the Advantages of MitraClip Valve Repair?
MitraClip resolves the problem of mitral regurgitation without the need for higher-risk surgical procedures that require the operating room team to stop your heart temporarily.
Before MitraClip, patients who couldn’t undergo open-heart surgery had no alternative treatments available to them.
Recovery rates vary between patients, but in most cases, you only need to stay in the hospital for 2-3 days. Your mitral regurgitation symptoms should improve soon after undergoing MitraClip valve repair.
Schedule a Consultation for MitraClip Valve Repair in Washington, D.C. Today!
If you have been diagnosed with mitral regurgitation and cannot undergo surgery, cardiologist Dr. John Trujillo will determine if MitraClip is right for you. For more information on the benefit of MitraClip and how it works, please call (301) 634-4800 or request an appointment online to visit our cardiology clinic in Washington, D.C. today!