Elizabeth Taylor’s Heart Valve Surgery, A MitraClip Success Story
By Adam Pick on October 10, 2009
Elizabeth Taylor just announced that her heart valve repair was successful, adding that “it is like having a brand new ticker.”
The message on her Twitter page comes two days after she announced she was having heart surgery at an undisclosed hospital to repair a leaky heart valve. In a short message, the Oscar-winner thanked fans.
“Dear Friends, My heart procedure went off perfectly,” she posted on Twitter. “Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. Know they all helped.” The 77-year-old did not go into further detail about her heart condition or the medical procedure.
Elizabeth Taylor suffered from mitral valve regurgitation. A new minimally invasive procedure, known as the MitraClip, was used to repair her leaky valve without any physical trauma to her sternum. This unique device, which was recently acquired by Abbott Laboratories from Evalve, Inc., does not require open heart surgery or the use of a heart-lung machine. Click this link to learn more about the MitraClip for mitral valve repair surgery.
While the MitraClip does have a CE mark in Europe, the technology is not approved by the FDA in the United States. However, the device is currently in clinical trials and may become FDA approved within the next few years. The MitraClip belongs to a new class of minimally invasive procedures that use a catheter-based approach to replace and repair heart valves.
Keep on tickin’ Elizabeth!