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Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

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Unread 08-20-2008, 07:03 AM
Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

My doctor said that I can drive two weeks after my total abdominal hysterectomy. Is this the common time period to wait before driving again?
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Unread 08-20-2008, 08:30 AM
Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

I was released for driving at 2 weeks post-op after my tah/bso. I just went short distances at first and did pretty well.

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Unread 08-20-2008, 08:43 AM
Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

My Dr. didn't put restrictions on driving except to say that as long as I was on pain meds (narcotics) I could not drive. I did not choose to try until 2 weeks and then I went short distances. Yesterday was the first day I drove any distance and I was 4 weeks post op then.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 08:56 AM
Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

I also had TAH/BSO. I drove for the first time yesterday, 1 day short of 3 weeks post-op. Only went about 4 miles and walked a few aisles in Walgreens to pick up a few items (not ready for a "superstore" yet!). My Dr said it would be best to wait until 3-4 weeks after the surgery and to be sure to use a small pillow under the seat belt - which I did).

Best wishes for a great recovery!
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Unread 08-20-2008, 09:14 AM
Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

My doctor recommended two weeks as well. I'm only one week into my recovery and don't even want to think about driving at this point!
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Unread 08-20-2008, 09:19 AM
Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

My doctor said two weeks and I am going into my third. I still have a difficult time turning side to side, so I am going to wait until later in the week to see how I feel.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 12:53 PM
Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

They told me when I had my staples out at 8 days I could drive as long as I wasn't on any pain medications. I had been off of them a couple of days after I came home, so I did drive some. I live out in the boonies so had to drive some to get groceries. Didn't have any problems.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 01:51 PM
Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

I was told not to drive until 4 weeks. As a previous post mentioned, turning sideways was a bit tough. I still am extra cautious as I back out of parking spaces. I wonder if I turn enough to see everything. But, I didn't even use a pillow or anything and it seems more comfortable being the driver. As a passenger, I hold onto my tummy a bit more. If you feel comfortable, I don't see a problem with getting out there sooner.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 02:01 PM
Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

He wouldn't give me a time frame. He told me I would know when I could. I finally pinned him down to 2 weeks post op, (was not on narcotics anymore), I did drive at two weeks, not as easy as I thought it would be. I waited another week (3 weeks post op) and was much better. And of course I always had my pillow with me.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 02:04 PM
Driving after total abdominal hysterectomy

Doctor also said 2 weeks. I drove at 10 days...I was not on any meds, had no pain, could turn w/o any problem.

They also want to make sure than you can make emergency type movements without any problems, like slamming on the brakes.
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