Hi all... My mom, 58, is having heart valve replacement surgery tomorrow morning. They are replacing the aortic valve and possibly the mitric valve as well - they were unable to determine from their pre- operative tests if the mitric valve replacement would be necessary and won't know until during the surgery. In any case, she's opted for the tissue / animal replacement valves rather than the artificial mechanical valve. Understandably, she's quite scared about many aspects of this procedure, especially, I think, what her life is going to be like afterwards. If there's anyone who can share their experiences as to what sort of life one can live after this type of procedure, both in the near term (recovery) and the long term, I would really appreciate hearing from you. I'd also like to know, if anyone does know, how undergoing this procedure might affect one's ability to undergo physical therapy. To make a long story short, she was in the hospital for about two weeks with a variety of issues (including a staph infection that the doctors think probably lead to her heart valve damage), then she was discharged to a nursing home where she was undergoing some physical therapy to help her regain her strength. After she was there for two weeks, the symptoms of her valve damage began to manifest and she's been back in the hospital for the last two weeks as the doctors performed a bunch of tests. So, by the time she's recovered enough from the immediate effects of the surgery to begin physical therapy again, she'll have been 99% bed-ridden for seven or eight weeks at a minimum. Again, I'd really appreciate hearing from anyone who can lend me any information about this. Thanks!