I found out in the middle of August that the time has come to have my BAV replaced as well as my Aorta. I was diagnosed with BAV when i was 5 or 6 years old and they thought I would likely need surgery in my late teens or early 20's. 33 years later and it is now time. The gradient has reached the magic number and my aneurysm is at 50mm so that will be replaced as well. I will be traveling to Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for my surgery which will be in mid November. I found this site about a month ago and I have found a lot of useful information. I have questions about recovery and life after surgery which I will address in separate threads. In the meantime, I am going to work as little as possible and hunt as much as possible. I have 3 bird dogs and chase grouse and woodcock all fall so I am glad I don't have to have the surgery immediately.