Yes, I had severe lung infections due for the most part to GERD. My reflux was not what the GI doc felt was severe enough to warrant surgery, but my family doctor and allergy doctor were both certain that the reflux was creating my very unhealthy lungs.
I was constantly coughing up gunk, and was wheezing and miserable. I was on steroids that didn't even touch the lung inflammation. Both my family doc and allergist basically told me they couldn't do anything more for me. I got really sick of being constantly sick. I coughed and coughed constantly. I also have allergies, and that worked with the reflux to destroy my lung health.
I was worried about the surgery--I'd researched it online, and knew it was not a "slam dunk" procedure. I knew that the results varied widely, and that some had terrible results. I also knew that it might not work to solve my asthma problems. Fortunately, I found this forum, where I was able to talk to others who'd had the surgery, and discovered that all the negativity found other places on the web wasn't the attitude of members here. This site was a lifesaver for me.
My family doc finally sent me to a surgeon, who did some tests and said I was a good candidate for the surgery (he trusted my doctor's opinion, and was willing to go ahead with it). My doctor was very concerned about my health, and thought that it was a serious, life-threatening situation. My asthma/allergy doc concurred.
I went back to my GI doc with the additional testing results, and he did another 24 hr PH monitor. My results weren't all that high--14. He finally came to the conclusion that my doctors might be right. He sent me to a surgeon to discuss the possibility of going forward with the surgery.
I decided I really didn't have a choice--that I needed to try to the surgery and see if it would help me. I couldn't go on with such unhealthy lungs.
I had the surgery in February 2009. I had a lung infection before, during, and after the surgery. I coughed my guts out for two months after the surgery. I was also on steroids before during and after, which created some problems for the surgery. My internal tissue was very fragile as the result. The surgeon added extra stitches in hopes that it would hold the repair. Honestly, you wouldn't believe how much I was coughing. I was really worried that I would ruin my wrap/hernia repair.
At about two and a half months after surgery, my lungs started turning around--even during peak allergy season. The surgery did the trick. My lungs have been wonderful. I just wish I'd had the surgery done a lot earlier--before the heavy steroid usage created other issues (my skin has thinned, and I bruise easily--my skin also tears easily.) If I'd had surgery sooner, I could have avoided those years of misery and all those steroids.
I hope you find the answer to your problems.
I'll be very happy to answer any other questions you might have about the surgery.
It was definitely the right decision for me.
Take care and best wishes!