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Are there any driving restrictions after gastric sleeve surgery? Mine is scheduled for April 19th. Just trying to plan accordingly.

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I was told that as long as I wasn't taking any of my pain medication anymore and if I wasn't too tired to drive it was ok for me to go ahead.

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I was told not to drive till my 1 week post-op appointment. I could undestand why because turning the wheel pulled on my incisions. If I'd had to make a quick turn or something, it would've been really painful.

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I didn’t have any restrictions per my surgeon on driving. I’m sure every surgeon is diff and patient should follow what their surgeons wants. I Didn’t need to take any pain meds so once home on Tuesday I was driving to the store by Thursday. Surgery was that Monday. Although I Had a really easy recovery so prob lucky in that respect.

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I should add it was 3 years ago so maybe my memory isn’t exact on when I started driving to the store lol but I just remember it not being long before I was out and about. Best of luck to you for a speedy recovery😊

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My memory is a little murky too....I think I drove around 3-4 weeks post-op...I probably could have driven around the 2 mark, but I was milking it and getting people to drive me around. I mean, they offered, who am I to turn them down, lol.

I only took pain meds on day 1.

Note: I do remember it hurting going over bumps on the ride home from hospital...as a passenger (bring a small pillow to hug!). And in the days after, I remember it hurting a little when I had to twist to put my seatbelt on (again as a passenger).

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I think I was about a week out when I started driving.

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My surgeon said after I had been off pain medication for 48 hours.

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