Hello to all. I have just completed Aortic Valve Replacement with Carpentier-Edwards Bovine Pericardial tissue Valve at the Cleveland Clinic & minimally invasive surgery. I can't say enough about the Cleveland Clinic. They are absolutely first rate from the surgeons to the nurses aides. My surgery was last Thursday (7/27). I was in the ICU by noon & had the breathing tube out by 2PM & was visited by my family. At 10 AM Friday, I was moved to my room. My roomate also had Aortic Valve Replacement but had a homograft. We hit it off well & were able to help each other through those first few days. Recovery was easier & faster than I expected. The pain was a lot less than I had feared (thanks to durgs!). I was discharged on Tuesday but could have been Monday based on my condition. My wife & I spent Tuesday night at the Intercontinental Suites Hotel which is right in the Clinic complex and caters almost toally to patients & their families. They really took great care of both of us through the entire process & were very senistive to what we were going through. Flew back home (Rochester NY) on Wendsday. Every day is better. I am down to jusst Tylenol & only take the pain drugs first thing in the morning. No problem doing my walking and prescribed exercises. Today is day 1 of week 2. Thanks to all of you folks, I was well prepared & informed. I now know how important that is to a successful prcedure. Thank you all.