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My doctor was very honest, he told me it's time now for a new valve and that bleeding may heal itself after this surgery. He said it's a very risky surgery at my age and with my complications. I asked him how soon can it be done. I came out of that operation room with no complications, and feeling OK and everyone congratulated me. I MADE IT! But my surgeon said it will take at least 8 months of recuperation because my sternum had to be cut open like a book and then sewed up again with steel wire. I'll be 82 in a few weeks and as long as I keep my blood pressure down I'm fine. It is said that a new valve like this usually adds 15 or more years to your life!