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Driving after Hysterectomy
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SHARING IS CARING
I just had my first post-op checkup. When I left the office, the nurse told me to remember to rest, and no driving until my next post op visit in 4 weeks! I'm already climbing the walls, and it's only been 10 days! Why can’t I drive and are these normal post-op instructions?
Not being able to drive for a couple weeks can leave you stir crazy! Each doctor can have different post-op instructions. Some doctors may tell you six to eight weeks after surgery, while others will recommend one week from your post-op checkup. It’s best to check with your doctor about your time frame for driving again.
There are several reasons why driving isn’t allowed. You may be taking pain medications and shouldn’t be driving for that reason. Anesthesia might still be lingering in your system causing your reaction time to be slower than needed. If you were to need to stop suddenly, you could easily hurt yourself, tearing stitches internally from the pressure.
Once you are able to drive, you’ll find that you’ll need to watch out for your seat belts. Buckle it a little loose and keep a pillow between your stomach and the seat belts. (Check out the Tummy Pillows
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You will also notice that your big mall adventure may turn out to be a quick trip, as you will get tired easily. Start out slow and small! Take small trips and stay close to home. Driving can make you really sore, so it’s best to wait until your body is ready. Your body will thank you for it!
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
04-12-2003 - 10:39 AM
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