Keep in mind that every injury is DIFFERENT. With that said, go see what your options are and if you decide to go surgery great.
As someone eluded to earlier, the labrum is generally torn during a dislocation. It's a sheath of cartilage that surrounds the head of the humorous and helps keep it in. If you had a small tear, which I highly doubt, it's about a 3 month recovery.. If you had a full tear, which is more probable from what you describe then you're looking at a year away from paddling.
Just go see some docs and don't take too much advice from the people on Mtn Buzz that might not even have the same injury that you have.