Hi Ed NJ….
The most important answer is … What does your doctor tell you to do?
Obviously there are different opinions…
I would think this holds true for all…
Before surgery get this guy in shape…. Like any type of exercise… you can over do it. But since he’s never had to work before you better get him learning the ropes J
(I will check my previous postings to make sure they are clearer as to what and when we did them. I will say that what ever we did prior and post has worked. Buddy has had wonderful control from day 1 and continues to do so....)
Before surgery: Our urologist said to work the muscle when urinating… the start, stop, hold, start several times during urination. This strengthens the muscle. Also, walking stairs is a really good exercise.
After surgery we were to still do the kegels when urinating and stairs during his regular workout. This is the only time Buddy does them.
EXCERPT:…..On page 247 of Dr. Walsh’s book he states:
Exercises you can do: Every time you urinate, do it standing up. You can’t practice the following exercises, which strengthen the external sphincter and speed up your recovery of urinary control, while you’re sitting down. Start your stream, and once it’s in full force, stop the stream by contracting the muscles in your buttocks--- not your abdominal muscles, not the muscle “up in front” around the penis. Tighten your buttocks: imagine you’re trying to hold a quarter between your cheeks. Hold the urine back for 5 or 10 seconds, and repeat as many times as you can. Note: Only perform these exercises when you’re urinating; if you keep contracting these muscles throughout the day, you’ll overdo it—the sphincter tires easily—and you’ll end up wetter than you would otherwise.
Previous paragraphs address… things to speed up your urinary control. One is not using any artificial devices…… and certain high blood pressure medication relaxes this muscle so you may need to check with your doctor.
Hope this helps!!!