I had a repair, and the doctors really haven't restricted me from anything. I'm still taking my beta blocker, and decided to give up caffeine because I figured that I didn't need to have one stimulant trying to boost my heart rate while the pills were trying to slow it.
I did have to decide before the surgery what type of valve the surgeon should use if the repair didn't work. That was one of several papers I had to sign while in the bed getting ready to go into surgery.
MV repair (mini sternotomy) , June 2, 2010, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Dr. Shekar.
Focusing on the positives that will result from the surgery can help reduce the stress from the days leading up to the surgery and help you get over any bumps in the road. For me, that was focusing on seeing my daughter graduate high school and head off to college. And my avatar points out that everything that I went through was well worth it, because there she is!