MitraClip mitral valve repair without open-heart surgery is one of the recent innovative scientific advancements.
A few years ago, it was impossible to imagine that a heart valve could be repaired by catheters, through an angioplasty-like procedure without opening the heart and putting the patient on cardiopulmonary bypass.
The MitraClip is a new catheter-based non-surgical repair of the mitral valve inside the heart and is performed in the Cath Lab like angioplasty. Special catheters are inserted through the large vein in the groin, and the catheter is passed from the right chamber of the heart to the left chamber of the heart by puncturing the partition called interatrial septum. Then under echocardiography and X-ray guidance, a clip is put on the leaking mitral valve to decrease the leak which improves the condition of the patient. The patient is usually ready to be discharged in 24-48 hours.