BAY SHORE, NY – Southside Hospital recently began offering a minimally-invasive procedure for people who have a back flow of blood due to a faulty mitral valve in their heart.
The technology used in this procedure is the MitraClip® System, made by Abbott, which repairs the mitral valve without the need for an invasive surgical procedure. The device is attached to a catheter that is inserted into the heart through a small incision in the groin area and is used to clip the leaflets of the mitral valve together. Once implanted, the device allows the heart to pump blood more efficiently, thereby relieving symptoms and improving patient quality of life. Both an interventional cardiologist, a specialist in using catheters to insert devices into the heart, and a cardiothoracic surgeon, a specialist in surgically repairing the mitral valve, are involved in this procedure.
“We at Southside Hospital place great importance on providing a wide array of options for our patients to ensure they are getting the best outcomes with minimal discomfort,” said Robert Kalimi, MD, vice chairman of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
Southside Chairman of Cardiology Lawrence Ong, MD, added, “This less invasive option is great for patients who might not otherwise be good candidates for open heart surgery.”
For more information about the MitraClip and Southside Hospital’s cardiology services, call 631-591-7400.