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Old 05-31-22, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by _forced_ View Post
i’m 15 days post-op today (5/31/2022). As much as i want to get on the bike…i’m keeping myself from doing it. I feel fine, but i just don’t want to have a setback…which i’m very capable of based on past surgical post-ops for other ailments.

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The procedure made a positive difference for me. I don't remember how long before I got back on the bike but 30 days may have been around right. One thing I was told--and it turned out to be right--is that it can take some time after the procedure to make a difference. That was certainly true in my case.
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Tomorrow (6/15/2022) will be 30 days post-op for me. Everything seems OK. Iíve been back swimming for a couple of weeks now. Very easy at first, and the past couple of times with a bit more effort. I ďthinkĒ Iím ready to get back on the bike, but just not sure. Iím concerned about putting pressure on the heeling prostate. I suppose a couple of short rides just to see if/how things feel and react. My ď4 week follow-upĒ with the doctor isnít for another couple of weeks (technically 6 week follow-up).

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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
Tomorrow (6/15/2022) will be 30 days post-op for me. Everything seems OK. Iíve been back swimming for a couple of weeks now. Very easy at first, and the past couple of times with a bit more effort. I ďthinkĒ Iím ready to get back on the bike, but just not sure. Iím concerned about putting pressure on the heeling prostate. I suppose a couple of short rides just to see if/how things feel and react. My ď4 week follow-upĒ with the doctor isnít for another couple of weeks (technically 6 week follow-up).

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where are you having it done ? Last I knew the Mayo Clinic didn't do any laser procedure - I had prostate reduction in 2012 at the Mayo Clinic took about 10 days to heal I was riding my Bike about 3 weeks afterwards without any problems .
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where are you having it done ? Last I knew the Mayo Clinic didn't do any laser procedure - I had prostate reduction in 2012 at the Mayo Clinic took about 10 days to heal I was riding my Bike about 3 weeks afterwards without any problems .
I HAD it done by Brown University Urology at Newport (RI) Hospital.

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Yesterday (6/16), 31 days post-op, I decided to go for a relatively short ride, 16 miles at moderate intensity (for me), to see how things feel and react. Nothing adverse noted.

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Old 06-17-22, 02:54 PM
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Yesterday (6/16), 31 days post-op, I decided to go for a relatively short ride, 16 miles at moderate intensity (for me), to see how things feel and react. Nothing adverse noted.

Dan
25Km? Good for you. (My recon rides after major medical events are usually 10Km, to go get some beer. LOL.)

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Old 07-01-22, 08:23 AM
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I had my six-week followup with the doctor yesterday (first since the procedure in my OP). Everything I mentioned to himÖwhat seems like different sensations, and changing dailyÖare all normal. The most significant of which is my bladder (re)learning that it now doesnít have to push as hard to empty as it did for years with the prostate blocking the urethra. All these things will normalize eventually. The pathology of the removed tissue was negative for any cancer. He said I can now stop the use of Tamsulosin/Flomax. Another followup scheduled for six month from now.

Iíve been back to my regular exercise regime for a couple of weeks now. Everything seems normal on the bike WRT the prostate-bike seat interaction.

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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
I had my six-week followup with the doctor yesterday (first since the procedure in my OP). Everything I mentioned to himÖwhat seems like different sensations, and changing dailyÖare all normal. The most significant of which is my bladder (re)learning that it now doesnít have to push as hard to empty as it did for years with the prostate blocking the urethra. All these things will normalize eventually. The pathology of the removed tissue was negative for any cancer. He said I can now stop the use of Tamsulosin/Flomax. Another followup scheduled for six month from now.

Iíve been back to my regular exercise regime for a couple of weeks now. Everything seems normal on the bike WRT the prostate-bike seat interaction.

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Old 07-02-22, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
The most significant of which is my bladder (re)learning that it now doesnít have to push as hard to empty as it did for years with the prostate blocking the urethra.
They didnít tell me about the fire hose until my followup too. A heads up would have been nice, though I LOLed the first time.

Also as I un-Popeyed my bladder muscles the capacity went up. It took me a while to teach my nerves not to alarm so early, but I finally did, sleep is so damn bliss.

Getting rid of the Flowmax/Tamsulosin Propecia/Finasteride is really satisfying too.

Enjoy the rides. Youíve earned it.

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Old 07-11-22, 10:20 PM
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The only laser ablation in my area is in Manhattan that seems to be connected to my doctors and health care plan. It is a bit of a trip to get to and traveling can be difficult by car. I prefer not to do subway and train after surgery. Locally the nearby hospital has the ability to do aquablation. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of how this compares with laser ablation treatment?

By the way, I do think this fits better in the +50 section. Because it is a +50 issue. But then again it is also an ill. I am just hopeful that I get some responses to help me make a decision on which direction to go.

Thank you @_ForceD_ for starting this thread, providing updates and information. And for everyone contributing.

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Old 07-13-22, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Mule View Post
I prefer not to do subway and train after surgery.
I don't have any insight on aquablation versus laser ablation (and that's best answered by your doctor, seek second medical opinion if necessary).

However, post-procedure generally they won't release you to public transportation anyway. My experience, not driving to surgery can be great way to decrease stress. And you usually don't have a choice on the flipside.

Arrange for a ride from family or friend, or budget for a taxi/uber/lyft.

Also find out if your medical insurance covers post surgical transportation costs.

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Thanks @mr_bill . Perhaps I can get an Uber ride from the city, but I doubt my insurance will pay for it. My plan doesn't cover much. The Urologist suggested I do some research on my own, which is why I'm asking here. It seems the HoLEP may be the better for me than Aquablasion but the travel back home is an issue.

Then again, both tools seem to do the same thing differently and it may be the skill in handling the tool and determining how much to carve out is probably more important.
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Just want to say that Iím now about 9 weeks post-op from the procedure in my OP. Things are now becoming normal. Iím peeing like a teenager, bladder control is better, and incontinence gone. Only getting up once in the night to pee. If I donít drink anything late in the evening Iím not getting up at all. Glad I had this done.

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I'm glad to hear about your excellent recovery @_ForceD_ . I am now scheduled for Aquablasion if all my pre-surgical test go well.

My doctor is telling me that it will be about a 2 week recovery. I don't believe it. Kind of like when the doctor tells you you will feel a little discomfort only to find out you are in pain. The thing that worries me the most is learning how to pee again.

Unfortunately, I had no reference for how bad things were and I waited far longer than I should have to get this issue checked out. So, this will be a big change. The flood gates will open.
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My doctor is telling me that it will be about a 2 week recovery. I don't believe it. Kind of like when the doctor tells you you will feel a little discomfort only to find out you are in pain. The thing that worries me the most is learning how to pee again.
Two weeks is about normal. RememberÖit is an internal surgical site that will need to heal. Sitting on a bike seat, and the activity of pedaling and maneuvering the bike is putting stress directly on that internal surgical site. And, that will cause it to take longer to heal, and potentially get infected. If you had an external incision donít ya think riding the bike would impact healing? The thin amount of flesh down there doesnít relieve the pressure on the internal site. I know youíll feel like riding, I did. But IMO you should hold off until itís thoroughly healedÖunless you want to be passing bits of flesh, and coagulated blood (which still happened to me a little bit even after waiting the prescribed period).

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I think I will be out for a least two weeks. Doctors recovery times tend to be optimistic is what I was trying to say above. I won't get on a bike until I feel confident about things and maybe that won't happen until the follow-up visit.
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I think I will be out for a least two weeks. Doctors recovery times tend to be optimistic is what I was trying to say above. I won't get on a bike until I feel confident about things and maybe that won't happen until the follow-up visit.
Your body, your choice. Doctor's advice might be spot on OR NOT. A good doctor is not going to advise exercise too early for fear of injury/infection/illness/death.

p.s. my Orthopedic Dr. who replaced my right shoulder said 2 days after replacement I could ride again. He was SPOT ON but knowing that I'm a klutz, I waited an extra day.
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The surgery was done on Wednesday. Everything went well. I'm on the mend now.
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The surgery was done on Wednesday. Everything went well. I'm on the mend now.
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I am three weeks post surgical. At the two week follow up the Doctor said I could ride or do anything that I was doing before the surgery. I didn't ride much because I have another issue that might have been brought to the fore as a result of this surgery.

I can definitely say that the surgery went well and that there may be a quicker recovery period than with laser. The biggest take-away from this is that I can pee again. This is like going back in time 30 years for me. If you are having similar issues, whether you get Laser or Aqua ablation, it can restore being able to urinate. I just dealt with it for all these years. This is life changing. That sounds big however, it is for me.

Thank you all for your help and encouragement.
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