Riding after prostate surgery

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Long Gone, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. appliance57

    appliance57 Long timer

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    I was scared too, but didn't feel I had a choice - at one point I simply couldn't pee at all. My worst fears were not realized, and my life is so much better. My brother also had it and has had good results. It's a scary decision - I wish you best of luck.
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  2. Rabble

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    Thanks for your comments. Does sound encouraging.
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  3. PeterX

    PeterX Been here awhile

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    Was diagnosed with 3-3 gleason # in 2009 (60). The doctor recommended I have robotic surgery. I agreed to it, but after reading all the stories of the possible side effects, I got cold feet and cancelled the scheduled operation. I decided to opt for "watchful waiting". A biopsy every two years, ultra sound yearly, PSA quarterly. As of last week the biopsy showed the cancer still contained, and the gleason # had only gone up 1 pt. Waiting has been the right decision for me. Good luck, it's never easy to decide what to do in situations like this.
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  4. craigincali

    craigincali I'll try it.

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    This is a very informative thread. I am 45 and due to ignorance I have a question: Why would you not be able to ride once you heal up? I understand the Kegal exercises etc
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  5. AlH

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    About 8 hours from this post I will undergo a prostate biopsy- I've had 6 abdominal surgeries over my 62 years, 4 hernias, ruptured appendix, and gall bladder removal.
    All I've read about how painful these biopsies are I do not understand why you aren't knocked out...this scares me more than all the other invasive entries combined.
    Not an area I want pain in....but my father had prostate cancer early and my PSA has been climbing quickly lately. Damn.
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  6. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    I was knocked out for my biopsy, are you sure you won't be? The only painful part of my prostatectomy was the removal of the catheter, it wanted to stay. Phaaaaaarrrrrrkkkkkkkk that was painful. The rest was all good, riding after about 6 weeks but could've earlier.
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  7. AlH

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    They said no, I was given 15mg of Valium to take 30 minutes before along with two antibiotics taken 4 hours before.
    From what I've read being knocked out is rare, I think partly because most insurance won't cover it.
    Many reports I've read stated it was so painful when given the choice of a 2nd biopsy, say a year later, or death many men said they'd rather die than do it again!


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    Well it is over- not nearly as bad as I'd read. Certainly not fun but not extremely painful either...now the waiting begins for the results.
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  8. PA GS'er

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    I had the robotic removal two years ago this February. PSA numbers have been checked every 90 days since then and are negligible. The Kegel exercises are highly recommended. I was back riding in several months and able to ride 2+ hours before stopping to use the head. I also take a hydration pack with me so I am taking in plenty of fluids. The surgery posed no real problems as far as riding was concerned but make sure you wait the eight weeks recommended by the doctor because if they have to go in again for problems with the ureter you'll be recovering a lot longer. Hope that helps you. Good luck.
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  9. OhBoy

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    Thread still alive, me too!
    It's been over nine years since my surgery, PSA undetectable, cancer free. My PSA was 48 preop and a 3/4 Gleason score.
    Still riding...
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  10. appliance57

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    O lord yes. At one point they even had a camera with water flusher, somehow threaded up my dick. That's just not right. It takes a particular kind of person to be a urologist. Mamma Mia!
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  11. AlH

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    Had a kidney stone removed from my ureter- guys at work wanted to know where they cut you.
    Should have seen the horrified looks when I explained they don't!

    Worst part is they leave a rubber tube in the ureter, between the bladder and kidney. 2 weeks after they go back in to yank that out- without the general anesthesia used when they got the stone and put that tube in!
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  12. Headhog

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    After 4 biopsy's and a year of watchful waiting my cancer had progressed to the decision point. (By the way I was awake for all the biopsy's and they weren't that painful.) I chose the Da Vinci surgery for prostate removal. Surgery went well and was out of the hospital the next day. Removing that damn catheter was the worst part. That was in October 2013. I was back to riding a month after the surgery. My doctor had me start physical therapy before surgery for leakage. I did have some which persisted about 6 months. I've been cancer free, PSA is 0 since the surgery, and leak free since April 2014. Glad I had regular physicals and PSA testing. I believe it makes all the difference in the world.
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  13. kneeslider

    kneeslider Insufficient privileges!

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    lost mine to cancer several years ago. the removal was robotic requiring only 5 one inch incisions. recovery time was very short & I was back in the saddle in less than two weeks! I cheated a little by spending more time standing on the pegs then sitting for the first week back!
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  14. Fortunate Son

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    This thread both scares me and encourages me. I'm 67 and my PSA almost doubled in two years (1.8 to 3.4) and I'm having a retest later this week. I have never heard of a Gleason score so I'll be sure to ask my doctor about it. Any advice would be appreciated.
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    image.jpeg This was at 6 days post catheter still in
    image.jpeg This was 5 weeks post 20 minute ride.

    I had my surgery on July 12th robotic and catheter removed 7 days later was able to ride 5 weeks post but only short rides as the taint area is still feeling sore and you have all your weight sitting on it so it gets inflammation pretty quick but at least I can get in the wind. As far as leaking and ED everything is working 100% with no Cialis so the surgeon and the robot were able to spare the nerves pathology showed the cancer was still contained within but my Gleason score went up originally I was a 3+3=6 with first doctor found a better Doctor who has done over 2k of these and they scored my biopsy slides at 3+4=7 UCI and John Hopkins but the pathology showed it was 4+3=7 because it was a little worse on top where the biopsy needles don't get too. So now I get my first blood test at 3 months and then every 4 months for the next 2 years. After the surgery I was walking 1/2 mile that night went home the next morning and walked every day a half mile then then when the cat was removed went to a mile for a few days then 2 and so on until I could walk 5 miles a day and still going.
    I think one thing that helped was on one of my walks about a week after surgery I passed a garage sale and they had an assortment of golf clubs I'm not a golfer but I thought hmmm it might help to get my middle loose and working so I bought a 3 dollar pitching wedge came home and just slowly swung the club just that bit of weight felt really good but I got board so I had the wife go to the sporting goods and get 50 practice wiffle golf balls and set a 5 gallon bucket about 25 feet away in the yard and just chipped balls as I felt like it made it fun and took my mind off what I was doing it for. image.jpeg my driving range
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  16. vintagespeed

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    best of luck to you guys, i'm 45 and i suppose it's time to start getting regular exams......i appreciate the encouragement.
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  17. portalespeanut

    portalespeanut nEARLY nORMAL

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    A member of the 'club' here too...radical prostatectomy (not robotic) on Jan 27th after going from a 4.5 PSA 5 years ago to 10+ last fall. My biopsy was positive for cancer, scoring a Gleason of 3/4. Mine was upgraded after the post operative pathology report which is common. My urologist was confident that the cancer was still contained, and my prognosis was good. Just had my 6 month follow up and my PSA was .07, for which I'm VERY thankful! Like some of you, I was on my bike for a VERY short ride a couple of weeks after surgery...just needed a ride! I'm finally feeling good enough that I'm back to the place is was pre-surgery with regards to riding.

    Post script...am still dealing with some side effects of the surgery, for me it's not incontinence, but poor stream due to scar tissue (at least I'm continent!), and am hoping for an ED comeback...Doc said give it time. I'm active again on my Triumph Tiger, and my dirt bike and am loving life! Also, I've logged 1200 miles on my mountain bike since my surgery, and am down 30 pounds and feeling better than ever at 58.

    A word to my friends out there that may be facing prostate cancer or have a family history of it...If you have a family history of prostate cancer (I did), get with a trusted physician and be vigilant! Also, for anyone who's under 60 with an escalating PSA, be aggressive in addressing this problem....while many 70-80 year olds die 'with' this disease, younger men die 'from' it! Sixty and under is young for this disease. Prostate cancer in younger guys is a killer.
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  18. KICKNBACK

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    ^^^^ Yep what he said don't wait get checked I'm 49 my doctor did the old finger wave on it said all feels healthy did some blood work showed my testosterone was unusually low for my age they said we can bring it back up but go get a PSA test first, my first one came back at 6.8 they said could be inflammation and it just a baseline your first test lots of things can effect your PSA waited 3 months no sex no riding for 3 days before the test and it came back 8.2 my doctor sent me to a urologist he did the finger wave (DRE) said it felt good and healthy playable no hard spots or irregularities gave me antibiotics and ani-inflammatory pills said take these go get another PSA test in a month and that one came back at 10.4 so had the biopsy a couple weeks later.
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  19. randyo

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    been having that problem myself, getting up to pee a dozen times every night, nothing comes out, I dribble at most , my urologist has had my on 3 or 4 different drugs, none of them helped much.

    doctor suggested an "Interstim " implant, the trial with a Tens unit was successful so I went ahead with the implant, wokred a couple weeks then failed...... leads came disconnected, a second surgery to reconnect them, worked a couple weeks and then failed again, the leads pulled away from my sacric nerve, just had my third Interstim surgery, 3 weeks ago, still working fine, peeing like I did 50 years ago

    http://www.medtronic.com/us-en/patients/treatments-therapies/neurostimulator-overactive-bladder.html

    http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/P...rances/Recently-ApprovedDevices/ucm249208.htm
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  20. kneeslider

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    I did it, you can do it. It just takes a little time.
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