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My sister, who is a RN, is picking me up and taking me to her house after surgery. While I love my sis, and she's great, I really don't want to be there more than a day or two. I'm just way more comfortable healing at home. She lives about 40 miles from me. What are the chances I can drive home the day after my surgery?

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My doctor said as soon as I stopped taking my pain med. I would have been good to drive if need by day 3 and for sure day 5.

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Likely you will still be taking too many pain meds to drive home safely.

Technically you will be "under the influence"

I was banded on a Wednesday and drove on Saturday.

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Just banded on 6/10...

My surgeon and staff advised 1 week before driving.

When you do begin driving, I advise taking a small squishy pillow for areas where the seat belt might irritate.

-Trishadish

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Mine said 24 hrs after your last narcotic pain med. I came home on a Saturday, took no pain meds except ibuprofen, and drove on Monday without any trouble.

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Just like the above noters, my doctor said that as soon as I was off pain meds, I could drive. My car has an automatic transmission and I had no pain from driving or from the seat belt -- although I do seem to recall that the waistband of my jeans was hitting near my port site and caused some pain, and I was sorry I hadn't worn something looser!

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I was banded on Friday and driving on Monday. I only took RX pain meds at night for the first week so I felt comfortable driving to and from work.

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The nurse told me a week after. I will however, need to drive sooner.

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My doc says 1 week but if you have to as long as you are not on narcotics then you can drive.

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