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.
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
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.