Hi Alley Cat,
Welcome to Healing Well! It sounds like you're definitely in the right place, and that surgery is in your future. I don't think there's a member of this forum who hasn't been where you are--fearful of going forward with this surgery. It's a very natural feeling. There are many scary posts on the internet...I saw every one of them, and they kept me from going forward with the surgery for four long years. Finally, I got so bad that I no longer felt I had a choice, and had a Nissen Fundoplication in February 2009. I just wish I'd done it years sooner.
If you see any acronyms that confuse you (HH, LES, EDG, etc.) just ask what they are. I've been around here for over 2 years, and sometimes I get confused with them, too!
As Bill so wisely advised, be sure that you research your surgeon thoroughly. It would be better to travel to a center for the surgery than have an inexperienced (in this particular procedure) surgeon do it. If there is one thing you get from the people of this forum, it's to be sure your surgeon has had lots and lots of experience and success with this procedure. The rule of thumb is that he/she should have done 300+ in a smaller city, and 1000+ in a large city. Call the GI docs, ask anybody you know who's in the medical field, have your primary care doc call around for you, and all of the above.
Best wishes for finding the best possible surgeon. So glad you've joined our forum!