Hello my name is Laurel. I am having open heart surgery to replace my tricuspid valve in a few weeks. I am, as you can imagine not looking forward to this event. It is a procedure that is usually done when they are replacing another valve. That will not be the case with me. The doctors, like doctors must do, have told me that they don't have a lot of stats on my procedure, because it is not a common surgery. They told me the 10 - 15% worst that could happen. My condition is due to radiation therapy to my chest area that I had years ago. It has now caused a lot of calcification in my chest and in my valves. They tried to repair the tricuspid twice to no avail.