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   Posted 11/6/2007 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I am wondering if there is anyone out there that can give me their personal experiences on this topic.
I am scheduled for daVinci surgery on 11/26. Ever since I decided that this was the way to go for me, I have gotten back to a better exercise program.  I have always tried to stay in relatively good shape but have to on a few pounds more than I would like in the last few years (food just seems to be so good lately plus, nono I own an ice cream store).
I am doing pushups, lifting weights and am up to 60 god sit-ups daily.  When I can remember, I do as many keegles as possible before the muscle gets tired and quits working.
Anything else I should be doing prior to surgery?
Age- 59
Diagnosed July 2007
PSA-4.0 (Free psa 11%)
Biopsy August 2007 - 2 of 4 on Right Side with 20%, Stage T1c
Gleason (3+4)
Cat Scan & Bone Scan both Clean
Planned DaVinci Surgery Nov. 26th RWJUH Cancer Center, New brunswick, NJ

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Wlak, Walk, Walk.

Walking is my mantra. Both before and after surgery. I walked about 3 miles a morning and stepped it up on weekends hiking in the wilderness. Even if you can't get to the wilderness, walking will be perhaps your best way to get back to normal. The other things will help to but endurance stuff will help you better than bulking excersizes. And practice those kegels but don't over do them. It is possible to do so and strain that sphincter muscle. I also did not do them when I had the catheter. I have no continence issues, and did not a week after the catheter came out. And I walked even with the catheter. Wear loose pants like sweats and get comfortable, but walk as much as you like. Some here say not to strain yourself, and its true to a point, but the sooner you get back to your normal routine, the sooner this will be a distant memory.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
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   Posted 11/7/2007 2:26 AM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 11/7/2007 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I was a runner years prior to my surgery, and stepped it up a notch after I was diagnosed. I made a vow on March 25, 2007 (the day I was diagnosed) to be in the best shape of my life in preparation for surgery. Looking back over the past six months, there's now no doubt in my mind that being in shape helped me to recover quickly. Yes, the surgeon's skill is the priority, but I had no gas pain, no bloating, never took a pain pill, was walking the halls three hours after coming out of surgery, and contined to walk every day after I came home. I also did Kegels before surgery, didn't do them with the catheter in, but started back immediately after the catheter was removed. But be careful, start out slow and work your way up. The little sphincter guy can tire easily and you can do more harm than good.
Bottom line, yes, I beleive being in shape will hasten your recovery. Good luck, God's speed to you, and please check back in.

Age: 49
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
PSA: 3.0
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve core samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
DaVinci Surgery: May 21, 2007 at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida. Surgery took one hour and 45 minutes. According to my surgeon, everything went textbook and the prostate peeled away nicely.
Post-op Pathology Report: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes.
Continence: Out of the pads at five weeks. Still have some very minor stress incontinence at times but it's not an issue. Still Kegel every day and will continue to do so.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
1st Post-op PSA: <0.1 2nd Post-op PSA: <0.1
Family history: My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had a <0.1 PSA for the past 10 years. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.

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   Posted 11/7/2007 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Walking is by far the best exercise that you can do. I walked 4 to 5 miles a day between a morning and afternoon walk. This is the best for the cardio, vascular and pulmonary functions. I came out of surgery with no gas pains or pain of any kind and no weakness. I was walking the halls of the hospital 6 hours after leaving recovery. I was admonished by the floor nurses for walking too fast. My recovery was better then I expected and within a week I felt back to normal.

Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07
Undetectable PSA on 6/25/07

Tim G
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   Posted 11/7/2007 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
You're doing the right thing! I've exercised regularly for years, but especially emphasized the abominal and core body exercises prior to surgery. I bounced back quickly post-surgery.
Age 59 PSA 2.6 (Quadrupled in one year) Gleason 5
Bilateral nerve-sparing RRP 6/21/06
Cancer confined to prostate, post-op PSA's non-detectable

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   Posted 11/9/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   

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