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Unread 08-16-2007, 10:08 AM
Question about driving

I know they say no driving for 2 weeks. Does that mean NO getting in a car period? Or just no actual driving stitting behind the wheel? Thanks!
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Unread 08-16-2007, 11:06 AM
Question about driving

This really depends on they type of surgery you are having. I had a TAH/LSO and I was old to pretty much stay housebound for 2 weeks except for short walks.
At my 2 week check-up I was told I could start driving after 4 weeks post-op as long as I could pick my right foot up to my knee and then slam it to the floor as hard as I could with minimal pain.

It pretty much is up to your Dr., the type of surgery and how well you are feeling and your healing rate.
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Unread 08-16-2007, 11:07 AM
Question about driving

It means no actual driving . I made my first car trip (was not driving )at 2 weeks it was painful . They tell you that to make sure the effects of the anesthesia and pain pills are gone
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Unread 08-16-2007, 11:07 AM
Question about driving

I think you're fine to get into the car before 2 weeks as long as you are comfortable. My son took me for a ride the week I got home from the hospital 'cos I was going crazy here at the house. After about 5 minutes into the ride I was ready to come home! Just make sure you take a pillow with you to support your incision when you do venture out.

But driving is another thing. My NP told me I could drive whenever I could turn side to side and felt no sudden pains or pulling. I did drive 1 1/2 wks after my surgery but it was an emergency and I was worn out the next day. I'm 3 1/2 weeks out and am driving now with no problem. Also, my NP told me something that I hadn't heard - she said that if you're driving and are in a wreck and haven't been cleared by your doc that most insurance companies will deny any claims you may incur. Hadn't heard that one before so I don't know if she was trying to dissuade me from driving too soon but I definitely kept it in mind!
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Unread 08-16-2007, 11:12 AM
Question about driving

Thanks for your replies. That helps. I think I will stay out of our truck until I feel no pain since its bouncy! That will hurt!!
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Unread 08-16-2007, 11:43 AM
Question about driving

My doc said the same thing about not being covered by insurance if I were to drive before I was released at four weeks. And that I had to be able to have a quick movement with my right leg or to "tense" up with out feeling any pain. So I guess we are just better off staying home as long as possible and being waited on hand and foot!
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Unread 08-16-2007, 12:11 PM
Question about driving

I like how you think Lil'Turtle !
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Unread 08-16-2007, 12:13 PM
Question about driving

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Originally Posted by Lil'Turtle
My doc said the same thing about not being covered by insurance if I were to drive before I was released at four weeks. And that I had to be able to have a quick movement with my right leg or to "tense" up with out feeling any pain. So I guess we are just better off staying home as long as possible and being waited on hand and foot!
Yeah, enjoy it why we can!!
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