I have had surgery for Hiatal hernia last year, but also had the open fundoplication done at the same time and that was a long healing process, but well worth it in the end. Anyway, I had a friend who just had it done and it only took her about a week and she was ready to go. Only 2-3 days of being pretty sore and she said after that she just took it slow and it faded away. As you said it may take a bit longer for you with your conditions, but in the end you will be glad you did it. I am not really sure what othervtests they will put you through. I went through several, just to make sure, but I live in Thailand and maybe our systems are a bit different. The tests must all be the same, but which ones you get and in what order and the descisions may be different. I hope I helped a little. Wish I could do more for you. All the best.