This chart shows a view of the heart that includes the tricuspid valve. Mine is leaking causing a myriad of problems that may be reduced with surgery. For example, my ability to run-walk continues to deteriorate. My cardiologist calls the procedure “a big deal”. It requires that you go on a heart pump while the heart is stopped to replace or repair the valve.This is my cardiac surgeon, Dr. Robert “Bob” Guyton. After I made the decision to have the surgery, Dr. Guyton was on the phone with my other doctors to coordinate the procedure. God willing, it’ll happen a week from today at Emory University hospital in Atlanta.