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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/11/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
   i had surgery on June 19th and will be returning to work August 13..My quetion is this..Iam a news cameraman and have to lift a 30lbs. camera and 20lbs. tripod ocassionly  at the same time. Iam wondering if Iam sufficiently recoverd enough to lift this much weight. Any comments?

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 270
   Posted 8/11/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Don't know if you had laproscopic or open surgery but I was basically back to being able to lift heavy objects (being careful) 6 weeks out from my surgery - saying that I am sure every situation is a little different.  I also went back to work 3 weeks after surgery, but I have a desk job.  However, I do work out, and certainly do yard work etc.. My biggest problem in lifting is continence. Straining usually causes leakage.  Best of luck..


RBAge 61
Original data - pre-operation
PSA: 5.1
T1C clinical diagnosis, Needle biopsy - 10 cores, Gleason 7 = 3+4 in 1 core (40%), 7 cores Gleason 6 = 3+3 ranging from 5% to 12%
All scans negative
Lupron administered 4/9/2008 for 4 months (with idea I would undergo external beam radiation followed by seed implants - then I changed my mind).
Robotic DiVinci surgery - Dr. Fagin (Austin) May 19th
Post operative - pathology
pT2c NX MX
Gleason 3+4
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA .04

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 598
   Posted 8/11/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Clamp your kegle muscles each time and it could even turn into good therapy. You should be fine. Just life smart.
47 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
1/06 PSA 3.15
1/07 PSA 4.6      (Biopsy 3/07 just suspicious)
10/07 PSA 5.06   (Biopsy 11/07  1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report:  Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
-totally contained to prostate,
-10% involvement in L & R Mid lobes
PSA 0 at six weeks
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.)
ED - Take 100mg viagra every night.
Totally usable erections at 10 weeks.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1131
   Posted 8/11/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
you should be ok but would run it by the doctor. one potential side effect of robotic surgery is getting a hernia. take it easy on the lifting until doctor says it is ok. i started doing yard work and lifting at the 8 week mark. however, it wasn't every day. i eased into it....
Age 48
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
decision - surgery (robotic)
surgery may 9, 2008 - houston, tx
pathology report -gleason 8
margins clear
4 week and 6 week PSA >.04 (undetectible)
12 week PSA <.04
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
kegel's twice a day 20 reps

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