Posted 1/31/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -6)
Each person heals differently, so remember that as you get answers here.
I had open Sept. 24th. At the 3 month mark in Dec., I felt and acted as if I were fully recovered. Lifting and such was no problem. I was in fairly good physical condition before and after surgery, but nothing requiring the heavy work you are asking about. 3 months for me was totally healed, in my opinion, for me.
Surgery last of Feb, 3 months is last of May. If you start work a couple weeks after that, then I think you have gone beyond the longest period of time to restrict your activity as anyone has mentioned here. It's your decision, make it in cooperation with your doctors and how you feel. It's a hard call to make, but you should have a feel for how your body is healing by the 2 month mark. Depending on your level of continence regained by that point, you may have to pack in a big supply of pads, or just go 'commando' and let it run down your leg during the day. If you are working alone, then you can probably get by with that....lol Seriously, it's another thing to consider if you are gonna be isolated for weeks at a time, planning for what you may need. Hopefully, you will heal and seal right up, and not have the dripping problem.
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7 06/05/07
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- begin 25mg Viagra nightly, Fully continent
11/15/07 ED-continue 25mg Viagra, no response, begin Vacurect pump-
11/15/07 1st PSA-0.01
12/17/07 ED- 3 mts.-continue Viagra and pump-no change-no response
01/01/08 First use of Caverject 2.5mcg, successful, erections at last
01/14/08 Caverject abandoned due to pain and aching, Bimix ordered
01/27/08 5 attempts with Bimix, increasing dose each time, no useable result