Mike's surgery lasted five hours. His aorta was repaired but the aortic valve was beyond repair so the surgeon replaced that with a new part fashioned from bovine tissue.
He went from surgery into intensive care where he was kept under sedation for the afternoon. Towards evening, they started cutting back on sedatives and as of 9:30 our time, he was responsive.
Fortunately, I have not had a whole lot of experience with visiting intensive care patients, but I have to say I was really surprised at how strong he looked considering the invasive nature of the surgery preformed. This will be a rough night for him as they adjust for medications for pain and do the ICU monitoring. It does look like he will be in a regular room sometime tomorrow. So my outlook is remaining positive. He will have a wicked scar, though.
It has been a long day.