Your doctor will make a small cut in your groin area to access the largest vein there.
What is transcatheter mitral valve repair?
Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr), sometimes referred to as transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER), is a procedure to address backward leakage in your mitral valve to help blood flow properly.
If you have mitral regurgitation and your doctor has evaluated you as prohibitive risk for open heart surgery, transcatheter mitral valve repair may be an option for you. This treatment is less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery.
The procedure is performed through a small incision in the leg. Your doctor places a thin tube called a catheter through a delivery system into a large vein in your leg to reach your heart, and then implants a small device to repair the mitral valve.
The PASCAL Precision implant system
The PASCAL Precision implant system is designed to repair the mitral valve and help reduce mitral regurgitation.
Your doctor will guide a small implant to your mitral valve via a catheter-based delivery system through your femoral vein. The implant is secured to the leaflets of your mitral valve, and the central spacer acts as a filler to block backward blood flow.
The PASCAL Precision implant system has two implant sizes: the PASCAL and PASCAL Ace. Your doctor will select the best implant option for your anatomy.
Repairing your leaky valve
Read how the transcatheter mitral valve repair procedure works.
Your doctor will then insert a tube-like device (delivery catheter) through the small cut and direct it to your mitral valve under imaging guidance. The PASCAL implant is attached to the tip of the delivery catheter.
Once the implant is properly positioned in your mitral valve, your doctor will grasp the two leaflets of your mitral valve and secure them together.
Lastly, your doctor will release the implant from the delivery catheter and remove the delivery catheter from your body.
*Results at six-month post-procedure follow-up