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how soon can you drive after surgery?

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Started by bethk12@gmail.com, Oct 12, 2011 10:02 PM
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    bethk12@gmail.com

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 10:02 PM

#1
Hi All,

Just need a sense of when I can take my kids to school again..THANKS


    DollyGirl

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 10:16 PM

#2
Hi there,

I went for my 15 day, staple removing appt this morning and my Dr. released me to drive today. I was told the reason for not being allowed to drive is because if you were to be in an accident and your airbag deploys it will hit you right at your surgery site and create some serious damage.

Hope this helps!


    bethk12@gmail.com

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 10:17 PM

#3
Okay, thanks for replying. :rolleyes:

Hi there,

I went for my 15 day, staple removing appt this morning and my Dr. released me to drive today. I was told the reason for not being allowed to drive is because if you were to be in an accident and your airbag deploys it will hit you right at your surgery site and create some serious damage.

Hope this helps!




    twoboysandagirl

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 10:52 PM

#4
As soon as I was off pain meds I could drive. I stopped taking pain meds on day 4. You may not feel up to it until a week or two out but dr. said I could when I felt up to it. He reminded me it was against the law to drive on pain meds. Hope that helps!


    Thomas CPA

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 11:43 PM

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Next day if I wanted according to doctor. I went in for surgery on Thursday, released on Sunday, drove on Monday. Did not have a problem driving. I have a van so I didn't have to bend into a small car, don't know if that would make a difference.


    NikiS

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 8:54 AM

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I was off my pain meds around day 4 or 5 but I din't drive until day 10 post-op. It really wasn't that bad. But still...be careful!

All the best,
Niki


    DebSee

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 9:18 AM

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I was given a blanket period of three weeks - so I've been driving since last Sunday. :)


    marymoon

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 12:38 PM

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I had my surgery on a Friday and was driving the following Wednesday, no problem.


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