Had it done. No neck or chest pain. No fatigue from that.
There are real side effects, like some of us can't burp. But even that goes away for many. It's a 3-month recovery, and during the first couple of weeks it isn't fun. But most of us are very happy we did it and would do it again.
The key is to find a surgeon with a few thousand patient experience and a great success rate. You'll probably end up in a large teaching hospital to find a really world-class surgeon. Start by asking your gastroenterologist!!! I see you are already seeing a surgeon, but was he highly recommended by your gastro or pcp?
Yes, do go through the tests. They're not fun, but they are very necessary to figure out if you really need the surgery, and if so, what procedure is best for you. If your surgeon only does one procedure, you should probably look for one who has experience in more. My case, for example, was difficult. I had a good bit of my stomach stuck in my chest, so I needed that brought down, then a bit of esophagus dissected down so there was enough length for a wrap, and finally, a partial wrap because I have a very weak swallow. I wouldn't have been able to push food past a full wrap.
I was scared to death. I looked up everything I could find on the different procedures, tests, and even on my highly recommended surgeon. I watched a bunch of procedures online and educated myself. I have a lot of co-morbidities, so I was not an ideal or simple case. I'm a lot better off than before surgery.