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A relative of mine may be eligible for a trial of a percutaneous mitral valve repair. thoughts on safety and effectiveness?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Mitral repair: This is an ongoing study to determine the effectiveness of the percutaneous procedure. The study had to be approved by the irb of the institution where the study is being performed. Early studies are encouraging and appear relatively safe. She should discuss this with the investigator doing the study.
Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Percutaneous MV rep: It's also important to realize that these percutaneous procedures do not fix the leak completely and that if the valve leak worsens after the percutaneous procedure, he/she will more than likely need mitral valve replacement.
Dr. Mark Anderson
Thoracic Surgery 33 years experience
Results mixed: The results with this trial are mixed and mostly viewed as being poor. I would not consider this technique unless the patient is non-operable (surgical risk excessive). The data on this trial has been published and is available to review.
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
How the study is performed is up to the designers of study and the review board. They may have felt inoperable patients had low success rate w/ the device
Dec 15, 2012
Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Agree with Dr Anderson, this technique should be reserved for non-operable candidates.
Dec 27, 2012

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