The traditional way for doctors to fix a problem with a heart valve is open heart surgery. But because it requires chest incisions and stopping the heart, many people, especially older patients, are not candidates for this invasive procedure.
But The University of Kansas Hospital is the first in the region now offering a way to repair heart valves without open heart surgery. Using a device called a MitraClip, doctors can now fix a valve problem simply by threading the metal clip through a blood vessel in the leg directly into the heart. It requires only a small amount of anesthesia and recovery time is much less...typically about a week, with a two to three day hospital stay. Traditional open heart surgery can require a much longer hospital stay, and weeks of recovery and rehab.
The video above includes animation of the MitraClip being deployed, operating room video of a MitraClip procedure, sound from Dr. Mark Wiley, interventional cardiologist, talking about patient Rose Buchan, why he’s excited about the MitraClip, how it works and who it’s for. Also included is sound with 83 year old patient Rose Buchan from Blue Springs, Missouri, who describes how she feels after the procedure.