Patients are able to exercise after prostatectomy almost immediately, starting with light activity in moderation, according to Virginia Mason Medical Center. The first form of exercise is getting up to the side of the bed or to a chair with the assistance of nursing staff.
On the second day, after regaining strength, the patient is allowed to walk around with some help. The first week after discharge, the patient is permitted to walk for a few minutes, around six to eight times daily, increasing the duration each time as comfortable, states the Virginia Mason Medical Center. Exercises such as light arm exercises and longer durations of walking, up to 90 minutes a day, are done on the second week. Other exercises such as weightlifting, tennis and swimming are permitted after six weeks.