MitraClip is used to treat patients with a severely leaking mitral valve, who deemed to have a very high risk for heart surgery. So, if patient is not eligible for surgery, then he/she is evaluated for the MitraClip procedure.
You may not have been informed about MitraClip previously. It is always useful to get a second opinion on such critical decisions.
Is this an experimental treatment?
No. It is an effective treatment method that has been applied to more than 100,000 patients since 2003.
Is there scientific evidence that MitraClip is beneficial?
MitraClip has scientific studies published in major scientific journals, in which it is compared with both drug therapy and surgery.
What basic examinations are performed before MitraClip?
Blood test: For checking other diseases such as anemia, kidney failure, liver failure and infection.
EKG: To rerveal whether there is a heart rhythm disorder.
Transesophageal echocardiography: To ascertain whether the mitral valve has eligible anatomy for MitraClip and to determine the pump function of the heart.
What are the benefits of MitraClip?
It improves quality of life and reduces mortality and the rate of hospitalization.
What are the risks of the MitraClip procedure?
As with any interventional procedure, MitraClip may have some risks. The most serious complications (stroke, heart attack, and death) develop in 5 out of every 100 people in the MitraClip procedure compared to 10 out of every 100 people in heart surgery.
These risks made us anxious, what should we do?
You may be right to be anxious, but remember:
• These complications occur rarely.
• What is of utmost important is whether the MitraClip proceure is really indicated. If the decision is made in compliance with the state-of-the art data and current guidelines, it means that benefit of the procedure outweighs the risk.
How long does the MitraClip procedure take?
An average of 2 to 3 hours. This period may be shorter or longer as per patient characteristics.
How long is the hospital stay after MitraClip?
An average of 2 to 3 days. This period may be shorter or longer as per patient characteristics.
Does patient feel any pain during the procedure?
No. The procedure is performed either under sedation or under general anesthesia. The difference is as follows: In general anesthesia, a tube is inserted into the patient’s respiratory tract and the ventilator gives air to the patient; In sedation, a breathing tube is not inserted, a respirator is not connected, the patient is only put to sleep, he breathes himself. In both techniques, drugs are given to prevent the patient from feeling pain throughout the procedure. In most cases, sedation is preferred to general anesthesia because sedation provides shorter procedural time and less complications.
Is the device felt in the body?
No, it is not. It does not have a disturbing sound, as well.
May the device move?
No. Although a few cases have been described in the literature to have such a complication, this is a very rare situation.