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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 3/3/2008 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Post-OP Da Vinci patient
how much walking were you getting in during the first week
Bob1949 (Bob)
Southern Maryland
Pre-Treatment PSA:  7.38
2004: Trus Biospy: Suspicious but followup
2007: Trus Biospy, 12 Samples, "Positive"
Gleason 3+3 = 6, T1C Diagnosed December 2007
Prostate, 60 grams
Age 58, 6'5, 233
DX:  Kidney Cancer/Removal, Prostate Cancer/Scheduled Removal, Atrial Fibrillation, Gastric By-Pass
Da-Vinci Ccompleted: 25 February 2008 @
INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax Virginia
Dr. Simon S. Chung
Both nerves sparred

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 3/3/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bob,
I started by getting around a cul-de-sac, once in the morning then in the evening on the first day (the cul-de-sac was heavily sloped) then twice, then five times, then a mile and I repeated it until the catheter came out. Once that came out, I lest for home (about a four hour drive). Once back in Vegas I started the RV that next weekend and drove to Zion National Park every weekend for about two months. A that time I was hiking over 5 miles a day. The scenery made that walks desirable. Eventually I was able to walk the 11 mile run from the East Rim all the way down the cliffs. The whole process took under two months to get to the big hike. I am very lucky to live where I do and have such scenic locations to hike. We are gone next weekend to Disneyland. I have a friend who was in a motorcycle accident with his wife and they can't hardly get around well anymore. They have a 7 year old that we will walk the park with. That's a workout in itself? And it's close to an ill family member that we can visit as well.

The walking needs to be at a comfortable pace for you. You can do multiple short walks as opposed to long ones and get good results. I attribute my lack of any heavy side effects of my treatments to my active life style. I am pretty much back to normal these days and probably in better shape than before surgery. Again don't strain, but don't sit either.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
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   Posted 3/5/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Hey ~ Bob,
Here's an excerpt from "Our Journey" listed in our Signature below... Hope this helps!

After surgery ~ Buddy held off his regular workout routine for 8 weeks… 

He walked 3 hours daily….1 hour each… a.m. /noon /pm during this time period….. 

Week 1 through Week 3 ~ He walked the driveway which has a nice incline… gradually going further and further up the lane. 

Week 4 through Week 8 ~ He began slowly heading toward the water wheel approx 1 mile from home…which has quite a bit of incline… since we are in the mountains. 

Week 6 ~ I bought him 3 lb. hand weights to carry.  His upper body was screaming for some kind of workout J 

Week 8 through Current Date…..Back to the YMCA…  (Tuesdays & Thursdays only)

Time:  Listen to your body… Don’t over do it and gradually increase your time.

His workouts have a few modifications.  No sit down exercises (bicycling, machines with hard surfaces).  We are really going to take care of the little sphincter muscle that’s doing all the work in keeping his urinary control in control.  Concentrating on walking indoor track, upper body stretching, abdominal area strengthening, and the stair master machine to help strengthen the sphincter muscle.  He finishes up his workout with a gentle swim and a nice hot shower!!


At 11 months and currently…

You must listen to your body.  Buddy’s 5’9” and weighs 162 and is in good health!!! J

Reminder:  We are in our 11th month of healing/recovery at the time this schedule was listed.

He started out with less time…. And built up to the current time…

2.5 hour workout at the Y! 2 days / week *Tuesdays & Thursdays


20 minutes walking the track

20 minutes upper body stretching and arm weights

12 minutes stair machine.  He does the full step (not the little short ones)

20 minutes walking the track

20 minutes upper body stretching and arm weights

12 minutes stair machine. (full step)

06 minutes walking the track

15 minutes swimming

15 minute “nice hot shower”…. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh


I hope this helps and will add this to “Our Journey”. 


Yes ~ even the doctors have different opinions and I think it’s truly up to the individual to get in tune with his “body” and the little guy (his sphincter muscle!)

This is such a small muscle and needs to be protected at all cost!!!


This works for us and are truly happy to share!

Happy “kegeling”… on our paths to HealingWell.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina


v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

4th PSA 2-13-2008 (23 months) Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

James C.
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   Posted 3/6/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I started with 3 times a day up the block and back for 5 times.  It took 7 days to get up to a mile twice a day.  I bounced back quickly.  I would walk, then get home, into the recliner and using the heat and massager spend an hour or so there.  I feel that walking early did me the most good in quickening my recovery and lots of others here will say the same thing.  We are all restricted in lifting, pulling, etc. so walking is one of the few activities we can do, and it really helps with pelvic floor toning and conditioning, which hastens continence recovery. 
James C. 
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Age 60 
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   (Open) 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  1st Post-surgery PSA-0.01
01/14/08  Caverject started/stopped, aching and pain , Bimix started
02/04/08  Bimix X 6 tries, .1mL, .15mL, .2mL, .3mL, .4mL, .5mL, success at .5mL
3/24/08   ED- 6 mts.-continue 50mg Viagra and pump-no change-no response

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