During the pre op prep for my right hip replacement, the anesthetist came in and discussed types of anesthesia. Spinal block was brought up and I decided with my daughter's help to have that, in addition to whatever else would be given. I had mentioned to the doctor that after my hysterectomy I woke up slightly nauseated and I think that is how the spinal block came up. I had no nausea upon waking up in the recovery room.
I didn't feel a thing before or after the surgery, and am glad I went with the spinal. Having the needle injection was not painful. I had seen this on TV a lot in those childbirth programs so was familiar with it. Having seen it helped.
So anyway, that was my experience with the spinal block. I would do it again.