Thinking of you as you go forward. Am in same situation - age range yada yada. Mine will be in feb. 2012. I still work - & lead a pretty active life so I'd like this o be as the other guy said " duck soup ". They tell me cuz I'm in pretty good shame ( for the shape I'm in ) I'll do fine. So I'm listening to them. Best to you & keep me posted please. I don't know anyone in my area who had this. I'm doing mini sternotomy - tissue value not sure if I'll oink or moo. :). Best. Nancy
I am glad to hear you took the time to get a 2nd opinion. It appears that it confirmed your diagnosis and surgical need. There is nothing better than having consensus for a surgery of this significance.
By the way, who is your surgeon at Florida Hospital?
I would recommend the Cleveland Clinic - there is one in Florida. I had a bad aortic valve and my operation was duck soup! Amazing with an uneventful recovery. Check out my journal - I need to update it soon but it is probably the most uneventful surgery so far reported!