MitraClip® Questions & Answers

TMVR with the MitraClip is a minimally invasive technique for repairing the mitral valve that doesn’t require open-heart surgery. Find out more about TMVR, the MitraClip device and the benefits for patients with mitral valve conditions.

What’s MitraClip made of?

MitraClip is a small metal clip covered with a thin polyester fabric that’s implanted on your mitral valve. This FDA-approved device is inserted through a catheter (thin tube), so there’s no need for open-heart surgery. Up to four different clip sizes are available to treat a variety of valve sizes and conditions.

How long does the MitraClip procedure take?

The MitraClip procedure usually takes three to four hours, but the length may vary depending on the severity of the condition and differences in anatomy.

How much does MitraClip cost?

Contact your health plan for coverage and cost information about TMVR with the MitraClip.

Who’s a candidate for minimally invasive mitral valve surgery?

Mercy heart specialists will evaluate each patient to determine whether they are a candidate for this minimally invasive option. TMVR is often an effective treatment option for people who can’t undergo open-heart surgery.

How soon after having the MitraClip procedure will I start to feel the effects?

You may feel a difference right after your TMVR procedure. Many people who undergo the MitraClip procedure notice immediate improvement in symptoms like shortness of breath and fatigue. The MitraClip improves mitral valve function, which can make a significant difference in your quality of life. The full benefits of TMVR with the MitraClip are usually experienced within six months of having the procedure. 

Will I be able to feel the MitraClip device in my heart?

No, you won’t be able to feel the MitraClip implant at all.

Can I have an MRI if I have a MitraClip device?

It’s possible to have an MRI scan, but let the MRI facility and your technician know you have a MitraClip device. After your procedure, you’ll receive an implant card describing the types of MRIs you can receive. When tests are performed, adjustments may be needed for your safety.

Will I see improvements with MitraClip over medication alone?

Yes, you can expect improvements with the MitraClip. A clinical study found heart failure patients with mitral regurgitation (leaky valves) treated with both the MitraClip and medication showed improvement over those treated with medication alone. Study participants experienced increased longevity, fewer hospitalizations, a better quality of life and very few complications. 

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