Hello Heart Valve friends! Looking for input/feedback from the community here. So, I've pretty much satisfied all the test procedures to move forward with the surgery. My left heart catheterization came back great with no narrowing of the arteries and the TEE that I had, just yesterday, is apparently showing me as a great candidate for repair. That alone has lifted my spirits. My only reservation at this point is that the two surgeons I've met with (both of which are on the surgeon finder list here) will only do the repair via sternotomy. My reluctance is due to all the videos here where Adam is interviewing all these eager surgeons who have embraced the de Vinci robotic system for the less invasive procedure resulting in faster recovery and more precision in performing the surgery. Both surgeons I spoke to down played it though saying they have done it robotically in the past but that they found that they were having to perform second surgeries more often than they cared. Since I'm not symptomatic (yet) I figured I would dedicate some time to see if I could get the surgery done at one of the heart hospitals listed here that have embraced the de Vinci method so enthusiastically. My hurdle of course would be insurance. I am currently on state sponsored insurance so I imagine I would have a tough time getting them to approve a procedure out of state. The surgeon I met with today, Dr. Kenneth Ashton, whom I liked a lot actually, has openings for surgery next week!!! I am grateful for anyone's advice or input... Mucho love to you all.