Tricuspid valve disease occurs when the valve leaflets (or flaps) do not function properly. The most common tricuspid valve diseases are stenosis (in which the valve leaflets are stiff and do not fully open) and regurgitation (in which blood leaks backwards due to leaflets not fully closing).
If the valve condition is severe or gets worse over time, surgery is needed to repair or replace the faulty valve.
Tricuspid valve repair using a surgical ring is the preferred surgical approach for tricuspid regurgitation and can also be performed for other tricuspid valve disease as well as diseases of other heart valves.
Research has shown that the surgical ring provides better long-term outcomes for the patient.