Transcatheter tricuspid valve interventions can replace open surgery in many cases. They provide patients with comparable success rates with a lower trauma rate and minimal recovery time.
- Who may need an endovascular tricuspid valve procedure?
- What manipulations can be performed on the tricuspid valve?
Endovascular heart valve repair can be performed using one of two methods, namely coaptation (joining) of the heart valve leaflets with special devices or an annuloplasty. All procedures are performed through a small incision in the inguinal region without opening the chest.
You can seek medical attention at the University Hospital Essen, the University Hospital Oldenburg, or the University Hospital Ulm.
You do not have to organize your trip yourself. You can leave your request on the Booking Health website, and we will find a hospital for you that uses the latest endovascular treatment methods for tricuspid valve insufficiency. We will also contact the hospital administration and schedule an appointment for you on the dates you specify. We will book hotel and airline tickets, meet you at the airport abroad, and hold a consultation on any issues.
Who may need an endovascular tricuspid valve procedure?
Tricuspid valve insufficiency is a common condition. Without treatment, heart valve insufficiency leads to the development of right-sided heart failure. However, most patients receive only drug therapy. Prior to the development of complications, open tricuspid valve operations are rarely performed because they are too traumatic and risky. Mortality reaches 9% even in developed countries.
Endovascular tricuspid valve repair surgery may be an alternative for these patients. It is minimally traumatic and safe. All the necessary manipulations are performed without a thoracotomy from inside the blood vessels. A minor incision in the groin is enough for femoral vein catheterization to approach the heart.
What manipulations can be performed on the tricuspid valve?
Although endovascular tricuspid valve replacement surgery and repair surgery are not yet standard treatments, they are developing rapidly, and many European hospitals with cardiosurgery departments are already doing similar procedures.
The following options are used for endovascular interventions:
Coaptation devices connect the leaflets and narrow the heart valve orifice. Cardiosurgery doctors implant the Forma system using the endovascular technique, as well as the MitraClip mitral valve reconstruction system, which is placed in the tricuspid position.
Suture-based annuloplasty systems narrow the annulus fibrosus so that the heart valve leaflets can close it completely. Doctors use Trialign, TriCinch, Millipede IRIS, and MIA (Micro Interventional Devices) systems. Cardioband, which was originally developed for the mitral valve, can also be used.
Not all of these devices are already used in clinical practice. Some of them are still in clinical trials. Most clinics do not yet offer minimally invasive tricuspid valve repair surgery and endovascular tricuspid valve replacement, but advanced medical centers already offer these treatment options to patients. If you want to have your treatment with a minimally invasive tricuspid valve repair technique, the specialists from the Booking Health company will select the best cardiosurgery departments abroad for you. On our website, you can find out the surgical treatment cost for tricuspid insufficiency and make your treatment appointment at the best price.
The article was edited by medical experts, board-certified doctors Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova and Dr. Vadim Zhiliuk. For the treatment of the conditions referred to in the article, you must consult a doctor; the information in the article is not intended for self-medication!
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