Physical activity after Prostatectomy

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   Posted 9/1/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
How long should I wait after my prostatectomy before mowing the lawn--on a riding lawn mower?
thanks for your response.

Tim G
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   Posted 9/1/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Check with your urologist about your individual situation, but the usual recommendation is about a six week wait before any activity that stresses the abdomen.
After surgery, the fat and skin heal rapidly, but the muscles take the strain of intra-abdominal pressure.  Healing takes place in two stages (1) A thickened inflexible scar forms with nerve endings.  (2) Scar tissue becomes flexible and adapts to movement.  Healing must be allowed to occur to prevent weakness in the scar line and potential rupture or herniation of the abdominal contents thru weakened muscle.
Walking is important in the early stage of healing. The operative word:  Take it easy....Tim   

Age 59  PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (< 5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Organ confined pT2a  Gleason 5   
Cancer-free for 2 years  PSA's undetectable 

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 9/1/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your so very quick response, Tim.  I am thinking about getting on the riding mower this afternoon. Robotic surgery was six weeks ago this past Friday.  Tissues seems to have knitted and healed okay.  The cistogram four days after surgery was good and the catheter removed that day.  I didn't want to vibrate around on the riding moweer, however, if it might have a bad effect on the new urethral-/bladder connection.

I'm sure I will fill a pad while on the mower.

Thanks again.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 9/1/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   

LOL...I think you are not going to be able to use the PCa surgery to avoid this honey-do anymore.  tongue
I think as long as you're still doing well after a couple of weeks you are OK to ride a lawn mower.  I was walking 3-5 miles two weeks after surgery, and 6 weeks after I was hiking the ridges of Zion to the tune of 10+ miles. 

I think you're going to do fine and I recommend excersice as a therapy. 

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
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 (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 9/1/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
i waited 8 weeks post op to mow the lawn. i could have done it at 6. one thing for sure, you can feel the muscles when you turn the mower, etc. as they said above, don't over-do it. one thing for sure, we had major surgery...
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

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 9/2/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I started pushing a mower at week five and still had my catheter in....Surgeon want me to wait till it was removed but I went for it anyway...
Age 53   - 5'11'   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 07 & Jan 08 -> 1.3
Gleason - 6
(biopsy done March 4, 2008-> 2 of 12)
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 883
   Posted 9/2/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jack!!! This is no time to be a "Macho Man". Listen to your Doctor and Your Body. A rush back could cause problems you do not need or want.
    43 at Dx and Surgery
    PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear. 
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00.
    ED workable and usable with Viagra.
    Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008  Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture  to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day)  All PSA's 0.00.
    Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.
    March 27th, 2008 - Sling not working, Little or no improvement.
    April 18, 2008 - Collagen injection.  Back to using 4-6 full pads a day within a week.
    May 14, 2008 - Another collagen injection to try to Band-Aid the leaking for our June cruise.  Will start making conusultation appiontments for AUS after we return.
    July 14th, 2008 - AUS consultation with Dr. Morey at UT Southwestern (Dallas).
    July 30, PSA 0.00.
    Aug. 22nd, 2008 - AUS Surgery by Dr. Morey
    Oct. 6th, 2008 - AUS Activation by Dr. Morey

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