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Non-surgical methods are promising for advanced heart valve patients where surgery is risky. The mitraclip method, in Turkey which can be applied to patients who have difficulty breathing and cannot even move from one room to another room, is a very important approach that can prevent the deterioration of the heart in the long term.

As in the whole world, non-surgical methods are preferred for the treatment of heart valve diseases, said Turkey Medicals member and department Cardiologist Dr. “Non-surgical methods, especially for patients who have difficulty breathing, help to improve their breathing, as well as to relax their movements. The method has also become a very important approach that can prevent the deterioration of the heart in the long term,” he said.

“Problems with Mitral valve occur in patients with a high age group, and in this case, surgical intervention on patients is at risk. Imagine patients who can’t move from room to room at home, that is, they have heart failure and heart valve problems, but they can’t have surgery. In Turkey are able to intervene with mitraclip method in such surgically rejected patients,” he said.


Evaluating the patient’s treatment process, Dr. “Our patient is 88 years old. A leak occurred in both heart valves due to long-term rhythm problems. Under normal conditions, when leaks in heart valves progress, they must be treated surgically. In fact, surgical treatment was also offered to this patient, but they reached out to us because it was high risk and the patient definitely did not want surgical treatment. We also treated the mitral valve by entering it through the right inguinal vein with a procedure that lasted 2 hours. This is our first case in Turkey where both triclip and mitraclip were performed in the same session. We discharged our patient on the second day,” he added.

The mitraclip method is applied by the angiography method. This operation, performed in the groin, where there is no incision on the chest, takes 1-1.5 hours. With this method, we perform mitral valve repair by the latching method by entering the balls in the right groin through the vein, just like angiography. The mitral valve consists of the anterior and posterior leaf. With the angiography method, the heart is reached by inserting a catheter through the inguinal vein and passing it to the large balls in the abdomen. After that, the mitraclip device is delivered to the level of the mitral valve via the catheter in the vein.

The mitraclipin flaps open when it reaches this point. The heart valve parts that are problematic are taken under the wings of the mitral valve and the sutures are mutually attached when the targeted valve structure is achieved. At this point, it is being tested that sufficient closure is provided on the cover. In this way, the valve is repaired and the patients are discharged from the hospital in Istanbul and Antalya, to return to their normal lives after 1 day.

After the procedure in Turkey JCI hospitals, patients primarily complain of inability to breathe due to the heart, shortness of breath occurs, as well as heart growth stops and the movement capacity of patients increases.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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