MitraClip removal: surgical techniques to preserve native mitral valve leaflets

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Abstract

Transcatheter valve procedures are wide-spreading techniques for the treatment of heart valves pathologies. In case of implantation failure, the transcatheter device often needs to be removed. This procedure, which can alter the biological structure integrity, can limit the option available for the subsequent traditional surgery. One of the most popular devices for transcatheter mitral valve repair is the MitraClip system. In this work, we describe 2 different techniques for the surgical removal of MitraClip. These techniques aim to preserve the valve leaflets integrity, to allow for subsequent mitral valve surgical repair.

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