I'm due to have the above op which involves replacement of aortic valve with mechanical one, and replacement of a section of my aorta which has an aneurysm. I'm meeting the surgeon tomorrow to discuss it. I have a bicuspid aortic valve which is the cause of the problem. I'm very scared and wonder if there's anyone out there, especially a woman, who's come through this already? Scared of not surviving, of get complications, and of not being up to looking after the children after. All pep talks welcome!