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For people who are too sick to
undergo surgery for mitral valve
repair, UVA offers extensive expertise in the MitraClip® procedure
(approved for those with a leaky
mitral valve due to abnormalities
of the valve itself).
With this procedure, the physician
places a needle in the groin and guides
a catheter (small tube) through a
blood vessel and up to the heart. The
surgeon then places one or two tiny
metal devices to clip shut the leaking
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portions of the valve. Patients experiUVA Thoracic and
ence little pain and typically go home
the next day.
"The procedure is extremely safe
and decreases valve leakage significantly," says UVA thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon Gorav Ailawadi, MD, the first heart surgeon in the U.S. to perform the MitraClip
procedure for mitral valve repair. "It's a great option for patients with the right anatomy who are unable to undergo surgery." UVA experts also offer repairs for aortic
and pulmonary valves without the need for open-heart surgery.
"Our specialists are nationally
recognized for their expertise in treating
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patients who have valve disease and
are committed to determining the best
treatment for each patient."
At the UVA Advanced
Cardiac Valve Center,
people can access the full
spectrum of procedures
to repair or replace any
of the heart's valves:
the aortic, mitral and
pulmonary valves. A
dedicated UVA team-
together to determine
the best treatment for
each individual. This
plus the level of
experience that comes
with treating hundreds
of patients each year,
leads to better results.
Fix for a Faulty Heart Valve
Cardiologists used to wait for people to develop symptoms before
recommending surgery to repair or replace diseased mitral valves.
UVA surgeons, however, prefer to fix a valve at the first sign of a
problem. Doing so may prevent irreversible damage to the heart.
Learn more about UVA's expertise at uvahealth.com/heartvalve.
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