Its coming up to the end of 2020 and I turn 50 in January. I'm having a real crisis of confidence (not like me at all), due to needing a new aortic valve with ascending aorta and possible root I'm still not sure. Looking at my young children last night I desperately want to see them grow up :-( I'm essentially asymptomatic and all I can see is the surgery and a future of hospital visits and ongoing health problems. Does anybody have this surgery and go on to live a reasonably normal life free of fear. This has really took the wind out of my sails. Sorry for being a bit of a pain and thanks in advance.