One thing you have to admit--medical care in the US is quite the modern miracle. This is apart from all the "soclialized medicine" debates. Where else can one go in to surgery one day, and come out four days later with Frankensteinian staples, four cleaned out arteries (or valves, or SOMETHING!) and not that much pain.
But hey! Step away from the Percocet!
I have lots to say about the financial end of all this, but not a lot of energy.
Be assured that I came through the surgery well and my doctors are pleased with my rate of recovery.