MitraClip is a medical device used to treat a heart condition called mitral regurgitation. It’s a minimally invasive procedure where a small clip is attached to the mitral valve in the heart to help it close properly. This can improve the heart’s function and reduce symptoms like shortness of breath. It’s often used for patients who are not good candidates for traditional open-heart surgery.


How Mitraclip Is Done

* Preparation: The patient is usually given anesthesia to make them unconscious during the procedure. This can be done through a small incision in the groin (transfemoral) or sometimes through a puncture in the chest (transapical).

* Guidance: Using special imaging techniques like echocardiography, the doctor guides a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) through the blood vessels to reach the heart.

* Clipping: Once the catheter is in the right place inside the heart, the MitraClip device is attached to the mitral valve. The clip is designed to bring together the valve leaflets, reducing the backflow of blood (mitral regurgitation).

* Assessment: The doctor assesses the clip’s placement and function using imaging to ensure it’s working properly.

* Completion: If the procedure is successful and the mitral valve now functions better, the catheter is removed, and the incisions are closed.


MitraClip is considered a minimally invasive procedure because it doesn’t require open-heart surgery, which means shorter recovery times and fewer complications for many patients with mitral regurgitation (Hyperlink to: However, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional for specific information about the procedure and whether it’s suitable for a particular patient’s condition.


Watch the video below to learn more about the procedure.