Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair
Percutaneous mitral valve repair (also referred to as Evalve or Mitral Clip) is one of the newest treatment options for patients with mitral valve disease who are too sick for traditional open valve repair or replacement surgery. The surgeon makes a small incision in the upper leg and inserts a catheter into the femoral artery. The catheter is guided up into the chambers of the heart, where it attaches a small clip-like device directly to the mitral valve, without opening the patient's chest. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia without the use of a heart-lung machine, and post-procedure recovery is typically one to three days.