the surgery was life saver for me, even though I am having some problems now (10 years after). I suggest you get someone to stay with you and help you in the first few days - you will be sore and will not be able to move around all that much - maybe a friend etc. Also, it will help you recover if you have someone to be there with you and help you and keep you company. It is not an easy recovery for some people but you will be fine. It will be great for you to finally not have asthma and cough due to reflux. Keep us posted and if you have any other questions, let us know.