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Mitral valve too small for clips. Other options?
Old 02-18-2020, 01:37 PM   #1
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Mitral valve too small for clips. Other options?

A friend of mine had a failed surgery because it turns out that the "flaps" on the mitral valve are too small for "clips" to do any good. Don't ask me to explain it, that's all I know about it.

1) Can anyone explain?
2) What are other options?
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Old 02-18-2020, 01:53 PM   #2
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Replace the mitral valve with either artificial or a transplant valve.

My father (at 85 years old - a very health 85....) had surgery to either repair or replace. Fortunately the surgeon was able to repair - a much simpler surgery. But the team was also prepared for a replacement. You are only going to perform open heart surgery on an 85-year-old person once.

My father wouldn't have lived more than a few months if he did not have the surgery. He came through with flying colors and at 95, his heart is fine.
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