How long after surgery did you wait to drive ?
on 7/14/13 12:14 pm, edited 7/14/13 12:15 pm
I was told by my surgeon as long as I'm not on pain meds I can drive. How long after surgery did you wait to drive? A few days? Week ? Month ?
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A few days. One week post op, I drove three hours to my surgeon's office for my first post op visit, then drove three hours back home.
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on 7/14/13 12:35 pm
I'm driving myself to my surgery in the morning. It's 2hrs away. Then they require I stay within 50 miles for 1 week following surgery. SO staying in a hotel across the street. I was just going to valet my car at the hospital then either get a ride over to the hospital somehow or drive it myself. So 9 days after, I'll be fine driving 2hrs home by myself . Thanks ! My husbands deployed in Afghanistan and my Moms watching my kids . So don't really have any other options !
on 7/14/13 1:06 pm
I had surgery on Monday, came home Tuesday and did not drive until Saturday afternoon. My husband did not drive for two weeks, but mostly because I was driving him everywhere and he does like being chauffered in my car. :)
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My surgeons's rule for any kind of surgery is 24 hours after your last narcotic pain med. (I had open RNY surgery so was on pain meds for much longer than people who have lap surgery. I don't think I drove for three weeks.)
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Sarah, make sure you have a back up plan in case you do feel too lousy to drive back and forth to the hospital. Make sure you have the money to take a cab to and from the hospital just in case. Also what if you can't for some reason drive at all when it's time to come home? Just keep all things in mind. Wishing you the best and keep in touch. Jane
I have family a few hours away. If that happens I'll have them come pick me up. It's more of a hassle, but I won't be stuck . Thanks for the post :)
I had my surgery on Wednesday and then drove to work the following Monday. I then drove home because I felt like crap and took 8 weeks off (had a stricture twice).
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