Bicycling after surgery

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Highwheel
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   Posted 2/5/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Being a very avid bicyclist (I did about 4,000 miles last year), I'm wondering if there are others who have gotten back in the saddle after having surgery.  I know its early for me to start riding again but I'm wondering what your experience was after surgery riding a regular bike.  I plan to start off easy on a recumbent bike first!  
 
 - How soon did you start riding again after surgery?
 - Did you have more/less soreness or sensitivity to the seat while riding?
 - Did you have to change your seat to a different style?
 - Any added incontinence issues while riding?  
 - How long after surgery before it felt "normal" down there?
 
 
Thanks,
Highwheel,
PSA - 4.3, T1C 
Biopsy - Nov. 17, 2008
2 of 8 cores positive
Gleason Score 3+3=6
Age at surgery - 52
da Vinci method surgery - Jan 22, 2009
Confined, no margins


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/5/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Highwheel,
I am a former avid bicyclist myself, but it took its toll on my knees by the time I hit 40. Yours is a good question, there is someone that posts here that rides a lot, even after treatment. I think the most obvious answer, and I am sure you know what I am going to say, but you shouldnt consider it without a full disclosure of your intent to your dr. and getting his/her clearance and blessing on it. Glad to see you are on this side of your surgery, wow, just two weeks ago. I hope you can heal up well and fast so that you can continue to do what you love. My best to your brother.

David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9/9
 
 


Bluenose
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Total Posts : 260
   Posted 2/5/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 hey High, yep' like my bike....nothing close to 4K miles but I do like the bike. My surgeon told me I could get back in the saddle at 6 weeks out, my Uro who is an avid cyclist told me to wait until this coming spring......Sooooo, of course I decided to listen to the surgeon this past fall...My surgery was the last of July, I waited two months.....sometime in Sept I remember. Yep' in my case anyways....my "bike ridin' Uro" knew what he was talking about!  I got out about a mile, one pretty fair incline coming back....never sit back down coming back. Sorta' sore it twas'....had the same problem in the gym straddling the seats on the machines. Just too tender. Now though, I can hit the machines, just have to force myself back into my routine and I'm sure I'll be fine on the bike when our weather gets right come spring.......I know it doesn't take long for those extra pounds to start showing up at this point, at least in my case, but time and patience my friend and listen to your body......Good luck
 
  age: 53  Pre-op PSA Feb 08' 5.0, April 08' 4.1
  Biopsy 5.1.08, 5 of 15 cores postive, T2a, Gleason 3+4=7
  DaVinci performed 7.29.08
  Bladder sling installed, umbilical hernia repaired during surgery.
  Path report, "cancer fully contained, margins clear".
  Cath removed 8.8.08, ED therapy begins 8.9.08
  100mg Viagra three times a week, pump for ten minutes daily
  and hold for ten minutes.
  8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg, immediate results
  9.15.08 Pad free at night, one thin (light) pad during the day
  9.18.08 1st Post-op PSA Undetectable Zero's....Yes!
  12.22.08 2nd Post-op PSA  Zero's still...
  Pads gone 1.3.09, finally found the courage...Thanks ya'll
          ".....tryin' to reason with hurricane season...."
       


DoingFine
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Total Posts : 46
   Posted 2/5/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Highwheel

I guess we will have to get together sometime for a ride! I ride quite a bit (even more than you . . .)

I was back on the bike at 42 days . . . that was the shortest time allowable by my doc, another athlete.

The first eight or so days back in the saddle was a bit weird. Each and every time I hit even a small bump . . . I had funny vibrations on the inside. These did not hurt . . . just felt very, very odd!

Then, after eight days . . . I concluded that we are indeed just like a box of cereal "where some settling may occur." All of the vibrations ceased . . . I think the organs simply need to find their new homes.

I've spoken with quite a few doc friends, after a bit of a laugh . . . all agree . . . that must be what happens.

Most of my doc friends are also riders, not one of them was surprised, or concerned about my seemingly quick return.

First day back was around 50 miles, and riding with a bunch of friends . . . do you think they would give me a break? Of course not.

I was able to get 800+ miles in before the end of the season in Northern Minnesota.

So . . . for what it is worth . . . get back out there . . . what are you waiting for?

Cheers my riding friend,
Rich
Age at dx: 51 Age now: 52
Great health: Riding bike 200+ miles weekly; no symptoms
First PSA: 4.7 March 2008 Second PSA: 4.97 June 2008
Biopsy June 2008 Positive 5 of 12 cores T1c, Gleason 3+3, Bone scan: 7 July negative
RRP surgery 3 Sept 2008 at the Mayo Clinic: Rochester, MN, All clear
Catheter out 22 Sept 8:30 AM, catheter back in at 11:30, Catheter out 30 Sept (this time for good!)
Total continence, no erectile difficulties from day one (Cialis 10mg daily)
Back on bike 15 Oct. (42 days . . . with doc's approval)
Dec. 2 2008 psa Undetectable!


DoingFine
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   Posted 2/5/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe we all need to get together for a ride!

Cheers to the group . . .

Rich
Age at dx: 51 Age now: 52
Great health: Riding bike 200+ miles weekly; no symptoms
First PSA: 4.7 March 2008 Second PSA: 4.97 June 2008
Biopsy June 2008 Positive 5 of 12 cores T1c, Gleason 3+3, Bone scan: 7 July negative
RRP surgery 3 Sept 2008 at the Mayo Clinic: Rochester, MN, All clear
Catheter out 22 Sept 8:30 AM, catheter back in at 11:30, Catheter out 30 Sept (this time for good!)
Total continence, no erectile difficulties from day one (Cialis 10mg daily)
Back on bike 15 Oct. (42 days . . . with doc's approval)
Dec. 2 2008 psa Undetectable!


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/5/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Rich, you did a half century that soon after? Totally amazed. I am sure the mental theraputic benefit would more than make up for any weird feelings. Sounds like you are doing something you love.
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9/9
 
 


divo
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Total Posts : 637
   Posted 2/5/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys, Wasn't Lance Armstrong back in the saddle again almost right away after his testicular cancer? Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
Seed implant and conformal radiation and Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06 Dr. Eastham
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK Dr. Wong
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
Catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/08
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8 2008 Dr. Sandhu
Activated Oct 28th Dr. Sandhu..MSK
Some difficulty with AUS arising Nov 10 2008
Meeting with Dr. Sandhu to discuss AUS problems and new PSA test Dec 11, 2008
PSA .6 12/08
AUS improving..only 2 pads a day and one at night
Complete hip replacement surgery Dr. Waters Gainesville, FL 1/9/09
Forging ahead to health!


lifeguyd
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Total Posts : 664
   Posted 2/5/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I began to have soreness problems about a year before my cancer was diagnosed.  I tried a few rides about three months after, but it never felt right.  I have since tried out the incumbent.  It doesn't feel right either, but I can ride without any discomfort in the seat.  I was riding about 5000 miles a year before surgery, now probably less than 500.  Part of my problem is severe back pain and gettin older.



PSA up to 4.7 July 2006 , nodule noted during DRE
Biopsy 10/16/06 ,stageT2A
Aggressive Gleason 4+4=8  right side
DaVinci Surgery  January 2007
Post op confirms gleason 4+4=8
No extension or invasion identified
Few continence problems
PSA 90 day (-.01)  , (6 month -.01) , (9 month +.02) , (1 year +.02) ( 18 months +.02) (two years+.02)
One side nerve spared
success but some plaque with bimix 
born in 1941

Post Edited (lifeguyd) : 2/5/2009 12:00:50 PM (GMT-7)


Highwheel
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/5/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Its good to hear that there isn't a really long wait before you can straddle the saddle again. I'm of the thought that I can use the recumbent bicycle early and then change over. Because of weather, I'm going to set the recumbent up on the trainer in the basement. Sitting down on its wide, lawn chair like seat won't cramp anything in my nether region.

As to Lance, he actually never got off his bike and rode between his chemo treatments, not fast but it was a conviction for him to continue riding. If he had had prostate instead of testicular cancer, I think he would have just taken the seat and post out and ridden standing up.
Highwheel,
PSA - 4.3, T1C 
Biopsy - Nov. 17, 2008
2 of 8 cores positive
Gleason Score 3+3=6
Age at surgery - 52
da Vinci method surgery - Jan 22, 2009
Confined, no margins


Prince of Prostate
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 2/5/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Highwheel,

Nice to hear you have a recumbent. Use a seat cushion. I'm using a treadmill. Today I walked 4.5 miles. I have three bikes, mountain, road & mountain/tandem. Glad the weather sucks. By the time it's nice, we'll be able to ride again. BTW, we had our surgeries the same day. How are you doing?
59 year-old grandfather and father of two, Long Island, New York, otherwise in good shape
2005 PSA 2.2, 2006 PSA 2.8, 2007 PSA 3.5, October 2008 PSA 4.9
Diagnosed November 2008, Gleason 3:3, 3 out of 12 positive for cancer, 4 high-grade PIN, Stage T1c
CT and full body bone scans were negative
Robotic prostatectomy 1-22-2009 by Dr. David Samadi, Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC
Nerves were spared
40 g prostate, 30% of slides contained tumor
Focal involvement right inferior posterior pseudocapsular resection margin (was told the focal involvement was the size of a pinhead. It was marked for future reference in case it has to be nuked). Also high grade PIN
All remaining margins free of tumor
Seminal vesicles free of tumor
19 lymph nodes removed, all negative for tumor
Gleason upgraded to 3:4
Re-staged as T2c -- T2 the cancer was contained within the prostate


RBinCountry
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 270
   Posted 2/5/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   

My doc told me to wait 8 weeks before biking.  In my case I have a big bike with a motor on it.  I did wait 8 weeks and have never had a problem with soreness (other than the first few days).  I also ride a stationary bike 5 out of 7 days.  Initially, I rode it sitting on a soft pillow.

I think the real issue beyond waiting a few weeks is to test it out carefully.  You know your body better than anyone else.  Try a little and see how it goes, and ease your way back into it.  Before long you will be back to the pre-surgery riding.


RB
Age 61 (now 62)
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
2nd Post PSA <.01 10/30/2008

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