Transcatheter Repair of Mitral Regurgitation: Abbott Vascular MitraClip

  • Carmelo Grasso
  • Maria Elena Di Salvo
  • Salvatore Scandura
  • Sergio Buccheri


Edge-to-edge repair has been used as a surgical technique in open-chest, arrested heart surgery for the treatment of mitral regurgitation (MR) since the early 1990s. With this technique, a portion of the anterior leaflet is sutured to the corresponding portion of the posterior leaflet, creating a point of permanent approximation of the two leaflets and resulting in a double orifice. Mitral valve repair with the MitraClip™ system (Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA, USA) consists of applying a clip at the site of mitral regurgitation, thereby faithfully reproducing the edge-to-edge surgical technique described by Alfieri. To date, more than 35,000 patients have been treated worldwide.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmelo Grasso
    • 1
  • Maria Elena Di Salvo
    • 2
  • Salvatore Scandura
    • 2
  • Sergio Buccheri
    • 3
  1. 1.Cardiology Division, Structural Heart Disease, Coronary and Peripheral Intervention LaboratoryFerrarotto HospitalCataniaItaly
  2. 2.Ferrarotto Hospital, University of CataniaCataniaItaly
  3. 3.Department of General Surgery and Medical-Surgical SpecialtiesUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly

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