Glad to hear your surgery went fine. I had a SLAP II repair done in December 2003. I am in the military, and luckily had a very good doctor at the Naval Medical Center in DC. When I mentioned something to him about the nerve block he told me he does not use it, as it could cause more problems than necessary. Needless to say I was fine since they gave me a sedative before they wheeled me into the operating room. The last thing I remember was him signing my right shoulder and joking about making sure they operated on the correct side. For me painkillers do not work at all. They tried percocet, tylenol 3 w/codeine and something else. All they did was make me sleepy, but did nothing for the pain. I have a fairly high tolerance to pain anyway so it did not bother me too much. I have been pain free in my shoulder since the summer of 2004. My injury occurred while I was in Korea in 2000, and I am sure playing sports did not help either.
Nerve blocks are not the standard of care in my area. My surgeon wants that to change, so is running a double-blind random pain trial. Unfortunately, I was in the placebo side of the trial and was in a lot of pain that first day. The percocet was also making me itch like crazy, so I was taking 2 percocet and 2 benedryl every four hours to keep it under control. 24 hours later, I was down to periodic Advil. Amazing how quickly the pain subsided. We're all very different in our pain threshold.