I have had a leaky tricuspid valve leak for about 10 years My last echocardiogram....about 5 years ago....revealed it now as 'severe'. I had had two echos. previously, not 'severe' ,but nobody bothered much as 'back then' they were not bothering too much about them and only surgically repairing them if you were about to have 'a big heart job' done/open heart surgery. I now read tricuspid valve leaking is being taken much more seriously as it shortens life....no,no, we can't have that...far too much to do!....I have also read there is a new new op. for this prob. with keyhole surgery.I am going to ask my GP soon. for another echo. so info. on how to go forward(as I expect there will prob. be further deterioration) and possibly with a keyhole stiching job...not valve replace. Does anyone have experience or info. about this? All info. gratefully recieved.