Dear Queen, welcome and let me ease your fears. Not only will the surgery take care of the gerd symptoms, but it will help your voice, your vocal cords, your lung capacity and you will SING! How do I know this? the reflux I had caused lung damage, I had vocal cord dysfunction as well as the other esophageal problems. I couldn't sing anymore, I couldn't hit my notes, I couldn't hold a note, I couldn't breathe through the stanza's and forget the refrain. I was sad, very, very sad.
I ultimately ended up at National Jewish in Denver, they were the ones who made the connection between the reflux and the breathing problems, I lost my voice all the time; from there I came home and then went to Cleveland Clinic for my surgery, I am almost 11 months post op and although I had some complications, I can sing!
The reflux caused lung damage for me, it was long term and silent for years; my alveoli are fibrotic and I still am out of breath if I carry on certain activities, but I no longer have to constantly clear my throat, the vocal cord damage has cleared up.
The surgery is a major, major surgery, even if done laproscopically; you must, MUST find the best surgeon you can, even if that means traveling to do so. The recovery is long and can be arduous, but in the end, yes, it is worth it.
I urge you to get to a great GI dr. and have a thorough work up, find the most excellent surgeon you can, and read the posts here. Stay with the forum, the wonderful people here will ease your fears, make you smile, help your mind, give you information, tools to cope and shoulders to lean on.
Welcome, and now you know you can start your journey.