I have been following this forum for a while without having an account. I thought it was time to join and post since my surgery is tomorrow. I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. I have been followed since I was 3 months old. At my yearly cardiologist checkup in September I learned that I had crossed into severe territory and something would need to be done. I always knew this day would come but feel very fortunate that I was able to make it 38 years on my original valve. I was surprised to learn I also have an ascending aortic aneurysm. From reading the various threads, I now know aneurysms are common with a bicuspid valve. I have selected the On-x Mechanical valve. I am hopeful this will help me avoid another surgery in the future. The surgery will be performed at Buffalo General. I have faith in the team that they have assembled. It is wonderful that such a forum exists with so much information and truly inspiring stories. It has helped shed a light on what to expect. It also gives me hope that there is light at the end of this tunnel and I will go on to live a normal life with My Wife and son.