Aaron Boone is out of the intensive care unit after 7 hours of surgery. The doctors found extensive damage in his aorta, and did additional repair over and above the valve replacement. My doctor found the same thing in my aorta and had to rebuild it with a dacron tube. They're predicting 6 months of recovery for Boone. Presumably, that's baseball recovery and not just recovery from the surgery. I missed about 7 weeks of work, and ran the marathon within ten months.