Hello neighbor!! I am 6 months past my valve replacement, and the procedure itself is now just a blur. But, boy, do I recall the anxiety of the wait time from diagnosis, to setting date, to preop. If you read thru this site you will find MANY who suffered the anxiety, but like me, pulled thru it to live a better life "on the other side." You too will get thru. This web site is step #1. Welcome.