What are your symptoms? I assume your're atypical...none of the regurge of acid and food into your mouth, etc. I am also atypical. I've never been diagnosed as LPR, but I had all the symptoms. While I had some heartburn that was painful, I never had regurge, and I know that I was having a lot of silent GERD.
My most bothersome and unhealthy symptoms, as I've often shared, were lung related. Of course, I also had a lot of throat phlem, but asthma was the dangerous health issue that I faced.
Like you, I finally decided I had to give surgery a try...if it didn't work, then I could rule it out. I guess for atypical symptoms the success rate is from 50%-75%. My suspicion is that because they can't make the wrap so tight that food will have difficult passing through, there is always a possibility that a tiny amount of acid could get through. Those of us with atypical symptoms tend to react to a lot less acid. Nobody as told me that this is the reason, but it seems logical.
I did not have Barretts, and although I would sometimes get esophagitis (Mainly when I had gastritis), I was not one of those great surgical subjects that they prefer to work on.
It took two and a half month, but my lungs did clear, and they've been better ever since. Because my lungs are so sensitive and I went through so much, my PCP and asthma doctors want me to take precautions anyway, so I continue to take 40mg Protonix before dinner, and I still sleep with an elevated bed. I probably don't need to do these things, but I go along with their wishes, because my experience was so bad post-Nissen and my lungs are so sensitive that I certainly don't want to take any chances.
Still, prior to my Nissen I had extremely unhealthy lungs, was hospitalized on occasion, took far too high a dose of inhaled steroid with far too little results. I went from 4 puffs of 230mcg Flovent twice a day, plus Serevent twice a day, (and intermittent oral steroids) to taking 2 puffs 115/21 Advair twice a day. That's going form 2,020mcg of inhaled steroids a day to 460mcg a day. I'd say the surgery worked! Plus, before the surgery I was taking several nebulizer treatments daily. Because of all those steroids I developed adrenal insufficiency. I just wish my GI doc had been more cooperative and I'd had the surgery before the steroids damaged me permanently.
So...my lungs are better, I experience no reflux, and I consider the surgery a big success. I do have allergy-induced asthma, but at the moment my lungs are clear and my peak flow is great. I couldn't have said that before the surgery.
I wish you lots of luck in finding someone who is willing to help you.
Don't give up! I just wish I'd been more assertive during those four years of horror. I hadn't found this site, and a lot of what's written on the internet regarding Nissens is very scary. I found people here who were positive and realistic about the surgery. It was a blessing, and helped me get the courage to go forward with the surgery, and recovery.
Hang in there!