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Successful Trans-Catheter Mitral Valve Repair at King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah
12 February 2017
Thanks to Allah, a medical team at King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah has successfully conducted a trans-catheter operation for mitral valve repair without the need for surgical intervention.
 
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH) the patient, in her seventies, was suffering from weakened heart muscle and mitral valve regurgitation, and necessary tests and x-ray have been done through her esophagus. Due to the seriousness of performing an open heart surgery on her, the medical team decided to repair the mitral valve with clamp and cardiac catheterization technique. The surgery lasted for about two hours and managed to treat the mitral valve regurgitation. It was performed in a specialized (hybrid) and highly technical catheterization room which is appropriate for cardiac catheterization as well as open heart surgeries simultaneously, if the need arises.
 
It is noteworthy that the mitral valve repair with a clamp is reckoned one of the modern and relatively few operations worldwide. In this operation a clamp or more is fixed in the mitral valve via catheterization, treating the mitral valve regurgitation. Also, a not more than 5 millimeter opening is made on the femoral vein to advance the catheter up to the heart where the clamp is fixed on the valve. Recent scientific studies have proven usefulness of this surgery for the patients as it minimizes their hospitalization and increases their comfort and reduces symptoms of heart failure.
 
    
 



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