Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)
A Minimally Invasive Procedure to Treat Mitral Regurgitation
What is Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)?
What type of procedure is it?
How long does TMVR surgery usually take?
The procedure typically takes 2-4 hours.
When is it recommended to have TMVR surgery?
Transcatheter mitral valve repair, or TMVR, is recommended for patients with moderate to severe mitral regurgitation who are not candidates for traditional open-heart surgery due to age, health conditions, or other factors.
What happens during TMVR surgery?
What do you need to do before the procedure?
An echocardiogram is an essential test prior to surgery. A hemodynamic evaluation will also be carried out, in which the gradients and areas of the mitral valve will be measured. Patients will also need to undergo additional tests to evaluate their overall health. They may also need to stop taking certain medications and fast for a period of time before the procedure.
What should you do after the procedure?
After TMVR surgery, patients should follow their doctor’s instructions regarding medications, activity level, and follow-up appointments. They should also inform their doctor of any symptoms or concerns they may have.
What are the post-procedural recommendations?
What are the possible complications, and how likely are they to occur?
How long will you need to stay in the hospital after the procedure?
How long will it take to fully recover after TMVR surgery?
In conclusion, Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair, or TMVR as it is commonly known, is a minimally invasive procedure that can be a safe and effective treatment option for patients with moderate to severe mitral regurgitation who are not candidates for traditional open-heart surgery.
While there are risks associated with the procedure, they are generally low, and the benefits of improved heart function and quality of life can be significant. If you have mitral regurgitation, talk to your doctor about whether TMVR may be an appropriate treatment for you.
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