I had a mitral valve repair 3 years ago Feb. Be sure your surgeon has a good average of repairing valves instead of replacing because life quality is much better. I know none of them can guarantee what they will have to do until they are there but some just replace them and others do the best they can to repair them. They put and annuloplasty ring on mine. My surgeon also did what they call mazing on the heart which is scarring it on the outside which totally stopped runaway heart beats. I'd tell you not to worry about the surgery but you will anyway, but there is not that much to it. There is very minumal pain involved if you are going the breast plate route. It will drain your energy but it will come back quickly. I was in the hospital for 3 days and back to work in 3 weeks. I didn't know I had severe regurgitation myself but after the surgery I noticed how much better I felt, how much more energy I had, and my heart wasn't trying to pound out of my chest. I told everyone not to come and see me for a while because I didn't want to pick up anything like a cold or flu. I don't have to take anything and I can do anything I want. I do cardio and lift weights 6 days a week. I have a small farm and bale hay every summer, there'll be no restrictions on what you can do. The key is to get it done or you will ruin your heart from overworking it. I had the Dr. give me something to let me sleep the night before surgery because I knew if he didn't I'd be up all night worrying about it, that helped very much. I also found out I had it at 18 and had surgery at 55. I had scarlet fever as a child and they blamed it on that. If you have any questions feel free to email me. Get it done and over and don't worry about it, it's done every day.