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Apollo Navi Mumbai Performs Pioneering ‘Mitraclip’ Procedure for the First Time



New hope for Heart Patients in Thane, Navi Mumbai, and Raigad to access this lifesaving procedure


Navi Mumbai, 8 July 2023 – Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai (AHNM) has pioneered the use of the MitraClip procedure for the first time in the Thane, Navi Mumbai, and Raigad regions. This ground-breaking procedure was successfully performed on a surgically high-risk patient suffering from torrential Mitral Regurgitation (MR), reducing her symptoms to trivial. The procedure was carried out by an expert team led by Dr. SanjeevKumar Kalkekar, Senior Consultant, Interventional Cardiology, and included Dr. Shantesh Kaushik, Consultant, CVTS, Dr. Prashant Kashyap, Junior Consultant, Cardiology, Dr. Saurabh Tiwari, Consultant, Anaesthesiology and Dr. Sai Satish, Senior Consultant, Interventional Cardiology from Apollo Hospitals, Chennai supported the procedure.


Mitral Valve Regurgitation is a potentially severe heart condition that prevents the heart’s mitral valve from closing tightly, allowing blood to flow backward. This condition often causes breathlessness, palpitation, and pedal oedema. The traditional treatment method is surgical Mitral valve replacement, which comes with risks such as surgery complications, anaesthesia risks, low ejection fraction, and other potential comorbid conditions. The MitraClip procedure, a non-surgical alternative, has now been introduced by Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, marking a significant step forward in cardiac care for these regions.


“Our patient had been suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy with severe secondary MR and low ejection fraction,”stated Dr.SanjeevKumar Kalkekar, Senior Consultant, Interventional Cardiology, Apollo Hospitals.”Considering the high-risk nature of conventional open-heart surgery, the patient was counselled and advised the MitraClip procedure as a solution. The result was astonishingly positive, opening doors for countless patients in the region who may also benefit from this procedure. The MitraClip procedure was accomplished through femoral venous access, using a minimally invasive route to grasp both leaflets of the mitral valve and affix a clip. Upon completion, the patient was immediately extubated and subsequently discharged. She has made a good recovery and is doing her normal activities without any problems.”


“AHNM has a very comprehensive institute of cardiac sciences, wherein all modalities of heart ailments are successfully treated and cured. The hospital has committed senior cardiologists, latest technology and post-op care for acute cases as well as rehab services. The success of the MitraClip procedure marks a significant milestone for Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai” expressed Mr. Santosh Marathe, Regional CEO – Western Region, Apollo Hospitals. “It represents our unwavering commitment to leveraging cutting-edge technology for the benefit of patients. This showcases our prowess in interventional cardiology and offers hope to patients who cannot undergo conventional open-heart surgery.”


Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai is proud to pioneer the MitraClip procedure, which aligns with its vision to provide state-of-the-art medical services to its patients. By offering this non-surgical alternative for both primary-degenerative severe MR and secondary-functional MR, they are shaping the future of heart treatment in India.

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