I require AVR and Ascending Aorta Replacement and I am scared senseless. Even if you do survive the surgery is all this really just palliative and you set yourself up for a life of fear and worry. Sorry to be so pessimistic but I'm 50 and in a complete state of shock and firmly believe the operation will kill me and I will never see my young children grow up. I just don't believe these repairs last as long as the surgeons say. I feel all our hopes and dreams have been cast away.