MitraClip Procedure

What is a MitraClip Procedure?

The MitraClip procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for mitral valve regurgitation, a condition where the mitral valve in the heart doesn’t close properly, causing blood to leak backward into the heart. The MitraClip device is a small clip that is attached to the mitral valve leaflets, allowing them to close more effectively and reduce leakage.

Before undergoing a MitraClip procedure, your healthcare team will provide detailed instructions on preparation. This may include fasting and discontinuing certain medications. The procedure is typically performed in a cardiac catheterization laboratory (Cath lab) under local anesthesia or mild sedation.


During the procedure, a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel, usually in the groin, and guided to the heart. The MitraClip device is then delivered to the mitral valve, where it is carefully positioned and deployed. The procedure usually takes a few hours, and most patients are able to return home within a day or two.

While the MitraClip procedure is generally safe, there are potential risks, including:


  • Bleeding or bruising at the catheter insertion site
  • Infection
  • Damage to blood vessels or surrounding structures
  • Allergic reactions to medications or contrast dye
  • Rarely, more serious complications such as stroke or heart rhythm disturbances


Your Specialist will take precautions to minimize these risks and address any complications that may arise.

The MitraClip procedure is typically recommended for patients with symptomatic mitral valve regurgitation who are not candidates for traditional open-heart surgery. This may include patients who are at high risk for complications with surgery due to age, frailty, or other medical conditions. Your Specialist will assess your individual circumstances and determine if the MitraClip procedure is suitable for you.


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After the MitraClip procedure, you will be monitored in hospital to ensure your stability. Most patients experience improvement in symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue following the procedure. Your Specialist will provide instructions on post-procedure care, including medications, physical activity restrictions, and follow-up appointments. It’s important to attend all follow-up visits to monitor your progress and address any concerns.