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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 12/10/2006 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Gang,
I am starting week three after the surgery.  When did you guys go back to work.
I am a sales manager, plenty to do from home, otherwise I am driving around working with my guys.  I am in pretty good shape getting a little tired if I stand or sit in the same position.  I figured 1/2 time this week and 3/4 time week four.  What has been your experience?

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 12/11/2006 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey JJK,


3 weeks….. oh my gosh… Where does the time go?


Being retired..... can't really comment on the going back to work  tongue  


We did take time to heal properly ~ so you do the same.... Okay!!!! 

Don't undo the positives you've already achieved.


No lifting.... heavy objects... even if you feel fine don't do it! 

Energy will come back slowly.


Take care and keep us posted!  Lee & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… 53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6  T2a  

Confined to Prostate   June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 12/11/2006 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   


Return to work is different for each of us...depends on the type of job, how your recovery is progressing.  I have an office job.  Was able to do some work at home.  Decided to return to the office after just 12 days for two to three hours per day that first week.  I walked very slowly the first week back, and really didn't feel that great.   I had someone drive me to/from work and I reclined the seat and sat on a pillow during the transports.  The next week I handled half days; the following week 3/4 days; then the next week full time.  By the time I reached full time days, my stamina was back to pre-surgery form.  I refrained from lifting anything over 10 pounds until six weeks post surgery.

My advice to you is try and return to work.  If you can have others drive for you, do so with the seat reclined and you sitting on a pillow.  When you start feeling fatigued, call it a day.  Each successive week the stamina will improve and your length of time on the job will increase.

Good luck.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 12/11/2006 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have an office job and started back 1/2-to-3/4 time after 2 and a half weeks. No real problem except I did get tired by the end of the day and sitting for an extended period of time was difficult. AS SJC said above, just take it easy and be willing to end your day when you start to feel tired - even if you feel like you might be able to "push on through".

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 12/11/2006 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   

I had my surgery a year ago Nov. 15th. I took the first 2 weeks of November off as vacation and then went back to work the first week in January. Six weeks of recovery seems to be pretty common for this surgery. I had to argue my case with the insurance company and I did sometimes lift about 75 pounds in my job so I did win that battle. If you can take the time off I would do it! I really enjoyed being at home for those 2 months, so much so othst I retired 5 months later after a couple of good PSA tests.

Good luck and take it easy no mater what your decision!



M. Kat
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   Posted 12/11/2006 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
JJK, Jeff returned to work full time 12 days after surgery. he owns his own business, works in an office, and drives to sales appointments. that was a little too early because he would come home pale and tired, but the next week he was pretty much back to normal. take it a week at a time, and the next thing you'll know, it'll be 3 months post-surgery. take care, kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
2nd post-surgery PSA test 0.1

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 883
   Posted 12/12/2006 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm at almost 8 weeks post op now.  I could go back to a light mfg type job now.  Would probably have to change pads every two or three hours if I were on my feet all the time.  But, I have the paid leave so I am taking off until Jan 2nd.  Will also only do 4 hrs / day for two weeks.  Dr. just wrote what I wanted.  What a guy!

    PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
    Gleason 7
    Biopsy - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate
    RRP on Oct, 17 - Nerves on right side saved.
    All Lab's clear.  No Cancer outside prostate
    Cathiter in for 3 weeks due to complications in healing. Removed Nov, 9
    Next Dr. Appt and first Post op PSA on Dec, 11

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 12/12/2006 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   

What ever feels right for you is the schedule. Your physical condition makes the difference. If you get fatigued in the afternoon thats normal it's just your body telling you it needs to heal a bit more. Just use common sense, and don't over do it the first few weeks. Unfortunely some of us didn't, and the penalties were severe.

Good luck to you at work, pace yourself, and if you had the DaVinci procedure don't lift anything 20 lbs or heavier.

Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 ot 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 12/12/2006 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I went back to work 10 days after surgury. (Stupid) I still had my Foley in for 2 more weeks at work. I worked for a Jerk at the time. Theres no crying in construction! Anyway I was estimating comercial electrical jobs and purchasing material at the time. The boss said "You can lift blue prints and write purchase orders, can't you?" I worked 8 hour days the 1st week and after that it was back to 10 - 11 hour days. I only split my wound open once and had to get restapled but still had to work. If I had to do it again, I'd tell him to go to h***, like I did when he layed me off right before Christmas 3 months later for no reason. It was a good thing because I got a much better job with better pay and working with great people. I guess everything happens for a reason. Sorry to ramble on.
Your friend, Pete
53 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg.  

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