Rob2 - My surgery was one week before yours. I worked half days last week (Monday was the 4 week mark), and tomorrow I will start full days. I was told not to pick up anything "heavy" for 6 weeks, not sure what heavy is. After 52 years I finally caved in and signed up for a lawn service to do my yard. They started a week before my surgery. The wife and my 2 daughters mowed last summer during my shoulder surgery, and they had no desire to continue that process. I must admit, the lawn service is sweet.
We all heal at different rates, I am just not sure I am as far along as I'd like to be. My butt is still killing me (I have good days and bad days), and I am dribbling a LOT more than I'd like - and kegels hurt my butt. So I'm walking, and I kegel as much as possible - which isn't much.
Energy-wise I feel pretty good. I was just outside watering and weeding in the garden (8:30 PM). I coached my daughter's soccer team in the blistering heat Saturday morning, and that did not kill me.
In my building (450 people) incredibly there are two other guys who have had the robotic surgery in the past 6 months. They seem to have come back a lot fast than I have so far - and they are both a little older than I am. Very frustrating.
ANOTHER friend of mine (an older guy) had the robotics, tried to get back to exercising too early, and apparently has a huge hernia (?) from about
his belly button to his sternum. So you can be active, but I would be careful about
really exercising for at least 6 weeks.
We'll all get there eventually, I guess.
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5. PSA again in Feb '08: 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were cancerous and the 6th did not look good.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.
Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Negative margins. Lymph nodes and associated glands all appear to be cancer free.