Former Congressman Mark Foley resting comfortably tonight after prostate surgery

Surgery performed at an Orlando hospital

Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley was resting Friday night at Florida Hospital in Orlando after having surgery for prostate cancer.

Foley, 56, had a procedure called robotic radical prostatectomy, which involved the removal of his prostate gland through a small hole in the abdominal cavity.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Vipul Patel in the Global Robotics Institute at the hospital.

"It went very, very well," Foley told The Post in a telephone interview Friday evening. "We went into surgery at 7. About 11 o'clock, I awoke from the anesthesia. I made my first walk about the hall. It was somewhat traumatic, but it wasn't as bad as I feared."

Foley said that, pending the outcome of a follow-up exam, he could be released as early as noon Saturday. This evening, he was watching television while sending out tweets and Facebook postings.

"I feel good," Foley said. "I'm a little sore, obviously, with invasive surgery. But remarkably, considering the intensity of what they do, that I'm up and watching TV and I've already sent tweets. I must be close to getting back to normal."

Foley reiterated the importance for men to get routine check-ups.

"My advice to any man, regardless of their feeling of health, is to get your prostate checked," Foley said. "Make sure it's included in the PSA (prostrate specific antigen) when you do your physicals."

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