Our expert says:
It depends on what technique they plan to use. Recovery time is 10 days to 2 weeks. Surgery is usually reserved for patients that do not get relief with useage of medication or if the acid is damaging the lower part of the esophagus, increasing the risk for esophagus cancer (Barret's esophagitis) You can read more about the surgery at http://healthguide.howstuffworks.com/hiatal-hernia-repair-dictionary.htm
On how safe it will be in a state hospital - it depends on the hospital and surgeon you use. Most academic hospitals have very experienced surgeons but the nursing care in some state hospitals may be substandard due to high workloads.
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