RCS, I am posting a portion of a previous post elsewhere.
Ron had his rehab session, and it wasn't quite what he expected. The medical therapist did a complete and thorough exam on him. He did some Kegals and she told him he was doing them wrong. It should be a softer movement, and recommended doing them while laying down. No, not 100... but 10 Kegals, three times daily. More harm can be done if not done properly. His pelvic floor is very weak and muscle tone is not strong. In addition, Ron received a list of bladder irritant foods; most of what he loves to eat is on that list.
Now, this week she recommended the book Headache in the Pelvis by David Wise, PhD. It is heavy reading but does show why she does these manipulations.
There are exercises in the book. He actually checked the book out of the library. The 8 weeks of rehab have helped with the leakage which is none at night and very mild in late afternoon.
Now get this... the exercises he does are very similar to the ones that pregnant and post-pregnancy women do!! For example, laying on your back, knees pulled towards your chest, then out a bit, and lift your pelvis off the floor. Another one he has this huge rubber band thing which he wraps around his knees, then he has to spread the knees apart.
Honestly, these exercises are great for both men and women. Being a bit older, he really needed these and they do work. Ron is not over- weight, and walks 4 miles, twice daily. You can also get some ideas from a pregnancy website.
Thank you for bringing the article up because no one seemed to be talking about pelvic floor exercises. Ron started noticing a difference at around 6 weeks. He had his last session this week. He believes this will help with ED some time in the future.
Good luck with this, RCS!
Husband Ron, age 63
4/1/10 PSA 5.5 Prostate size = 50 grams
Biopsy on 4/20/10 12 samples... Adenocarcinoma: 3 positive on right side, one core left base (5% ` 0.5 mm) - two cores of left lateral mid
(20% ~ 2mm, 10%, 10% ~ 1mm) - No Perineural Invasion
Gleason 6 (3+3)
Bone Scan/CT Negative (2 lesions on liver)
8/18/10 - Da Vinci Prostatectomy
Post Op: Gleason 7 (3+4)
Negative surgical margins and lymph nodes
Both nerve bundles spared
Catheter - 13 days
ED / Day time incontinence.
Going to rehab to build up Pelvic floor
Post Surgery PSA 8 weeks - .01
Post Edited (Aimzee) : 12/5/2010 3:56:10 AM (GMT-7)