Non-Surgical Mitral Valve Care

For patients experiencing mitral regurgitation or mitral stenosis, Sutter Health network interventional cardiologists can perform minimally invasive mitral valve procedures without open heart surgery. Typically, the next day after the procedure, patients are feeling better and able to walk out of the hospital on their own.

Mitral Valve Repair

With only a small incision in the leg, Sutter Health network doctors are able to fix the heart’s mitral valve. Using a collapsible mitral clip, the device correctly controls the flow of blood in your heart to treat mitral regurgitation.

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Mitral Valve Replacement

For people who’ve previously had open heart surgery, doctors in the Sutter Health network can replace their mitral valve with only a thin catheter placed in the leg. Using the thin tube, the replacement valve can be transported and implanted directly to the heart.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Using a catheter that goes through a large vein in your leg, non-surgical mitral valve treatment options insert a collapsible replacement valve or repair device valve into your body's own mitral valve. Once the new mitral treatment device is properly placed, it immediately begins regulating blood flow. Your experience is similar to having a stent inserted. The non-surgical procedures can sometimes be done under light sedation, avoiding general anesthesia. Mitral valve treatment typically requires a very small incision in the upper thigh at most and leaves all chest bones in place. Standard valve replacement or repair requires open heart surgery, in which your chest bones are surgically separated.
Not every person will need cardiac rehabilitation. Discuss your rehab needs with your doctor.
These procedures may be a good choice if you have mitral regurgitation or have a failed bioprothetic mitral valve and are at moderate or high-risk of complications from open heart surgery. This includes people who are older, frail, and have a history of health problems such as stroke, heart attack, atrial fibrillation (Afib), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), peripheral artery disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

No procedure is without risks. The risks from these procedures include bleeding, stroke, irregular heart rhythm, need for a pacemaker and, in rare cases, death. However, most people who have these procedures enjoy greater quality of life and life expectancy.
Your cardiovascular team is specially trained to understand which of the Sutter Health network’s many advanced procedures are right for you. By learning your symptoms, making a diagnosis and getting to know you, your care team can accurately pinpoint the proper procedure. After a procedure or procedures have been determined to be appropriate, we will discuss your options with you.
The Sutter Health network’s doctors have been involved with non-surgical, catheter-based procedures such as TAVR, TMVR and Watchman™ since the beginning. From the clinical trials to the moment the procedures were offered to the public, the Sutter Health network has been at the forefront of these incredible procedures. And to improve these technologies further, the Sutter Health network’s doctors and researchers are constantly conducting new trials to lead the way for the next generation of non-surgical, catheter-based heart devices.
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