Cleveland Clinic in Florida expands minimally invasive mitral valve repair to Treasure Coast

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021


Dr Mariano Brizzio

Patients experiencing mitral valve regurgitation may now be candidates for a new, minimally invasive treatment option available at Cleveland Clinic hospitals in the area.

With transcatheter mitral valve repair, catheters are navigated into the heart through a venous entry in the leg. Once positioned over the mitral valve, surgeons at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital and Martin North Hospital are able to clip it to alleviate regurgitation. This edge-to-edge repair could be an option for patients when surgery may be considered too risky.

Robert Cubeddu, MD, is the Department Chair for Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital, where this procedure has been offered previously. He shared his experience and expertise with the teams at Indian River Hospital and Martin Health.

“It’s exciting to work with new colleagues and friends and to be able to offer a procedure that’s really extraordinary,” said Dr. Cubeddu.

An important benefit of this minimally invasive approach is a much shorter recovery time, as compared to open-heart surgery. “This procedure can allow 95 percent of patients or more to go home the next day with a very quick recovery and no major setbacks,” said Dr. Cubeddu.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Mariano Brizzio, MD, was part of the team that performed the first procedure at Indian River Hospital in early September 2020. He knows there is a need locally for this type of treatment and believes it will be an asset to the community.

“Prior to this being available here, patients might have had to travel to larger cities or more specialized centers,” he said.

Dr. Cubeddu says that this opportunity to share resources and expertise speaks to the greater benefit of the Cleveland Clinic hospital system in Florida. “I think that having the opportunity to integrate as one system and providing the highest level of care is (a) of the utmost importance for us, and (b) it really should serve to reassure patients that are being cared for at every one of our hospitals.”

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