Here is a response I received to an email I sent to Coloplast, makers of the Virtue sling. This person is in Marketing. Actually this is a bit more detailed than what I have learned from some of the doctors, especially the part about
leg spreading etc. but it is common sense I guess:
"Yes, it is important to allow for proper healing of the sling before doing anything strenuous. I am not a physician, but the general guidelines we state in our instructions are at least 6 weeks without too much stretching of inner thigh (squats, rollerblading, etc), lifting anything heavier than 5 pounds, or even simple things like being careful getting in and out of cars that you do not spread your legs too far."
64 year old male in excellent physical condition.
PSA jumped 3 to 8 in one year
pt2b NO Mx with a Gleason score 3+3=6.
DaVinci RP, 7/23/08. Tumor type: Acinar
size 5.5 cm x 5.7 cm weight: 77 gm.
Largest tumor nodule: 1.3 cm. All margins negative.
Incontinence & ED. Dry nights , no control during day.
Imipremine and detrol, Phy ther. and kegals no help.
FUDS and cystourethroscopy testing 10/09.
24 hr pad wt. 219gm. AUA sympton index 13/35=moderate
Incontinence symp. index severeity score=22
Rec. for sling surgery. Dr. does mostly InVance.
Researched and decided on either AdVance or Virtue.
Virtue sling surgery 2/3/10 NYU med center by Dr. Victor Nitti