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Transcatheter edge-to-edge valve repair is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat a type of heart valve disease called mitral regurgitation. Here is some information that may be helpful for patients undergoing this procedure:

1. Purpose:

The purpose of the procedure is to repair the mitral valve, which controls the flow of blood from the left atrium to the left ventricle of the heart. In mitral regurgitation, the valve does not close properly, causing blood to leak back into the left atrium. Transcatheter edge-to-edge valve repair uses a small device to stitch together the edges of the valve, improving its function.

2. Preparation:

Patients may need to fast for a few hours before the procedure, and should inform their healthcare provider of any medications they are taking.

3. Procedure:

During the procedure, a healthcare provider will make a small incision in the groin and insert a thin, flexible tube (catheter) through a blood vessel and into the heart. The catheter is then used to guide a small device to the mitral valve, where it is used to stitch together the edges of the valve.

4. Duration:

The procedure typically takes a few hours to complete.

5. Risks:

Transcatheter edge-to-edge valve repair is generally considered safe, but there is a small risk of bleeding, infection, or damage to the heart or blood vessels. Patients may also experience an irregular heartbeat or other complications after the procedure.

6. Recovery:

Patients will typically need to stay in the hospital for a few days after the procedure, and will need to avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. Patients should also follow their healthcare provider’s instructions regarding medication and follow-up care

Where should I go to if I have any other questions?

You can contact our structural heart email (checked regularly by either our Structural Heart Nurse Co-ordinator or one of our MitraClip doctors) at wollongongstructuralheart@gmail.com Alternatively you can contact The Cardiac Centre at reception@thecardiaccentre.com.au and your question will be passed on to your MitraClip doctor.

It’s important for patients to discuss any questions or concerns they may have about transcatheter edge-to-edge valve repair with their healthcare provider. Patients should also inform their healthcare provider if they experience any new symptoms or changes in their condition after the procedure.

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