How long after surgery did you wait to drive ?

on 7/14/13 5:14 am, edited 7/14/13 5:15 am

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 ? 

H.A.L.A B.
on 7/14/13 5:20 am
I drove 24 hrs after my last narco pill.

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on 7/14/13 5:28 am
RNY on 03/04/13

i got so used to my husband driving me all over i i think it was around a month but i was also on my pain meds for longer than i wanted to be on them

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on 7/14/13 5:30 am - OH

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 5:32 am
RNY on 05/08/13 with

Maybe a week.





on 7/14/13 5:35 am

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 6:06 am
RNY on 05/13/13

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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Cheryl N.
on 7/14/13 6:08 am - Des Moines, WA

I had surgery on Monday, came home Wednesday, and drove on Friday.

After my gallbladder surgery in 2010 I drove the next day.



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on 7/14/13 6:13 am - Brighton, IL

I drove two days after but I took nothing other than tylenol for pain even in hospital.



Cicerogirl, The PhD

on 7/14/13 6:28 am - OH

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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