Must I do kegels forever?

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   Posted 8/13/2007 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
My da vinci surgery was May 31, so that makes this 10+ weeks post surgery. I've been pad-free for almost a week. A month ago I had worked up to 300 kegels a day, which was when my surgeon told me I'd be dry, and he was pretty much on target.

My question though is whether I need to keep up the kegels--I have been doing them--but not hitting them as hard as I used to. I notice no problems from not doing them, though when I did hit 'em again I felt pretty out of shape.

So, those of you who are now dry, are you still doing kegels? If so, how many? And do I have to keep doin' them forever?


PSA 3.76, Gleason 6, T1c, scans negative
Da vinci robotic surgery May 31, 2007, nerves spared
Clear margins, clean pathology report
Catheter out at 4 days
Down to one pad/day at 6 weeks.
Back to work at about 5.5 weeks and getting back to normal. AND I'm now a new grandfather and discovering more reasons to survive well than I ever could have thought of before...
Pad free at 10 weeks

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Post Edited By Moderator (bluebird) : 9/23/2007 6:23:36 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/13/2007 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Quick answer..yes, forever "to some degree". Keeps a body in shape :>)

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   Posted 8/13/2007 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Naimnut,

I did Kegels for years before PCa - it was an ED exercise but didn't know what they were called. Did Kegels according to the docs orders for about 4 months after the catheter came out. Now I do a few each day just out of habit. I had no incontinence after surgery. Threw the pads away the day after the catheter came out. I never did do 300 a day...


Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 7/18/07 0.00. 
T level on 4/2/07 - 48     On 7/16/07 - 613
Started .10 ml Tri-Mix on 8/7/07.  It works!!!
Next PSA and T tests on 10/17/07
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

Post Edited (biker90) : 8/13/2007 9:24:07 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/14/2007 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery 10 days before yours, Naimnut, and I'm still doing Kegels, walking 100 flights of stairs three times a week and walking for an hour three times a week. I went without the pads after five weeks, but still have some stress incontinence issues that I can usually catch if I "Kegel" like when sneezing, stretching or standing after sitting. I'm in such a habit of doing them now that I'm going to keep on doing them, even when my stress incontinence issues go away.
Age: 49
Diagnosed: March, 2007
PSA: 3.0
Biopsy: Gleason 6
Surgery: May 21, 2007
Pathology Report: Gleason 7 (3+4), margins negative, seminal vesicles negative, lymph nodes left intact, cancer multi-focal, 7mm, 15% of prostate
1st Post Surgery PSA: <0.01
Pad free after five weeks, great control, can stop and start a stream on a dime but still have som stress incontinence.
Having erections but need to use Cialis.

Post Edited (JCL) : 8/14/2007 5:57:13 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/14/2007 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello naimnut,

It has been about 18 months since my DaVinci procedure, and like you I was dry in the 10th week. Since that time I discontinued the daily Kegel routine. Now I'm jogging 4-5 days a week. Occassionally I'll do some Kegels, but it has not been that often.

Every individual will be different, and I suspect a few will require "Kegel Maintenancing". The next time you visit your doctor ask him/her. I am do for my PSA test on the 29th, and I will ask also.

Good luck,

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

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   Posted 8/14/2007 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Spinbiscuit, just wondering, did you ever have a problem with leaking while running after your surgery? I can walk and do the stairmasters without leaking but when I start to run I leak and will immediately stop. I was running 20-30 miles a week before surgery but haven't run since.
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