Accessibility Statement

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience. To do so, we are actively working with consultants to update the website by increasing its accessibility and usability by persons who use assistive technologies such as automated tools, keyboard-only navigation, and screen readers.

We are working to have the website conform to the relevant standards of the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards developed by the United States Access Board, as well as the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These standards and guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. We believe that conformance with these standards and guidelines will help make the website more user friendly for all people.

Our efforts are ongoing. While we strive to have the website adhere to these guidelines and standards, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage, please contact so that we may be of assistance.

Thank you. We hope you enjoy using our website.

Skip to Main Content

MitraClip Procedure Now Offered at Saint Vincent Hospital

Jul 28, 2016

MitraClip Procedure for Patients at High Risk Now Offered at Saint Vincent Hospital

July 2016

Saint Vincent Hospital’s Structural and Valvular Heart Disease Program continues to grow by offering another alternative to patients who are considered high risk or inoperable for cardiac valve surgery.

 The MitraClip procedure is recommended for patients who suffer from mitral regurgitation (MR) but are considered high risk for traditional open-heart surgery.  The first two procedures at Saint Vincent Hospital were performed in June 2016.  Mitral regurgitation occurs when the mitral valve fails to close properly and some of the blood the heart pumps leaks backwards into the left atrium.  The patient may develop congestive heart failure with shortness of breath and fatigue.

 The procedure is performed at Saint Vincent Hospital’s new hybrid catheterization lab, which provides state-of-the-art technology.  It is performed under general anesthesia, which allows the cardiac team to perform a transesophageal echocardiogram during the implantation. 

 “The MitraClip procedure allows us to offer a minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery that is very well-tolerated and allows patients to be discharged from the hospital within a few days feeling so much better,” said Dr. Robert Bojar, chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

 “The MitraClip may be considered the state-of-the-art in robotic procedures in that it provides a method to repair a leaking heart valve through a tiny incision in the leg.  We are delighted to offer this procedure to patients in central Massachusetts,” said Dr. Joseph Hannan, director of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology.

 Saint Vincent Hospital’s Structural and Valvular Heart Disease Program has a very active transcatheter aortic valve (TAVR) program, having performed more than 80 procedures in the past year and a half.  The SVH TAVR team is one of the few programs that offers this procedure with moderate sedation (versus general anesthesia) which for most patients speeds their recovery time.

Sign Up for Health Tips

Get our advice and upcoming events about weight, pain, heart and more.

Find a Doctor

Need a doctor for your care?