Most doctors want to run the basic tests first before surgery:
Barium swallows, Stomach emptying, Upper GI scope, BRAVO, and sometimes momoetry
The surgery that has the least recovery time is the esophyx surgery. Overnight or shorter stay, liquid diet for a week, and soft foods for a month. Plus no tummy stitches!
However you must make sure your surgeon is very experienced in doing the esophyx, otherwise you can have troubles.