I got my courage to go forward with the surgery from this forum. There are so many wise and wonderful people here who are willing to share their experience and knowledge with those of us who come searching for answers.
I had my surgery about a year and a half ago. I was a strange case, though, because I'd been on so many steroids (uncontrolled asthma due to GERD) that the internal tissue was fragile and the surgeon was concerned that it may not hold. I had a lung infection, so I was coughing at a time when I shouldn't have been. It was hard, because I was having the surgery because of my sick lungs, but my sick lungs complicated the procedure and recovery.
Anyway, after about 2 and a half months post-surgery, my lung recovered, and I've done much better since then. That said, because of my complications, some damage was done to the repair and I have developed some reflux. Still, at this point it's not creating as much trouble with my lungs as it has in the past. It's not ideal, but I would have the re-do tomorrow if it was recommended for my lung health.
I had read many negative and hysterical posts online, and they scared me away from fixing my LES for way too long. Hindsight is 20-20, but I wish I'd done it years earlier. By the time I finally got the courage to move forward and give the surgery a try, I'd damaged my body due to steroid usage. Oh well...better late than never.
The surgery isn't a big deal in good hands. I was in overnight, and the recovery was much easier than I'd prepared myself for. I had a full wrap, and once past the initial healing and eating issues, have never had trouble swallowing anything. Rough foods like carrots, celery, and big entree salads seem to irritate my wrap. Also I have trouble swallowing big, dry pills. I'm fine with medium sized. I take liquid calcium to bypass that problem.
Good luck making your decision! Even with my "issues" I feel I made the right decision having the surgery. Thank goodness for this forum and the great people here, who supported me before, during, and after my surgery.
Take care, Joe, and stick around! We're here for you!