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whitegold10

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PostSubject: Re: Driving   Driving EmptySat 07 Aug 2010, 2:26 am

My surgeon said 7 days without driving, but i drove after 5 because I had to get to uni and there was no one to drive me and I was totally fine. I hadnt had any painkillers such as endone though since the day before I left hospital, so everything was pretty much out of my system. It just depends how you feel, and you will know your own capabilities.
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PostSubject: Re: Driving   Driving EmptyFri 06 Aug 2010, 11:49 pm

Surgeons don't want you to drive after surgery for a number of reasons. For 24 hours after surgery you are still effected by the drugs given during the op. You also should not drive whilst under the influence of narcotics etc. The other reason is even though it doesnt feel like it, its actually quite a physical thing to do and will put strain on muscles that have just had holes cut in them. You could end up with a hernia!! So just rest and do light exercise. Your doc should tell you when you can drive again. Every surgeon is different. And yes it could get ugly with insurance companies if you have an accident and have been instructed not to drive. With a key hole procedure we generally tell patients 7-10 days without driving!!

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PostSubject: Re: Driving   Driving EmptyFri 06 Aug 2010, 11:47 pm

I drove yesterday (Friday) after having my surgery on Monday. It was a short trip but I felt fine and am no longer on pain medication.

My surgeon said approx one week but it depends on how quickly you recover :-)

Hope this helps

Coco x
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PostSubject: Re: Driving   Driving EmptyFri 06 Aug 2010, 10:51 pm

I think most surgeons don't want you to drive for the first 2 weeks, because if you are in an accident and your upper abdo hits the steering wheel, think of the damage you could do Driving 878453
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PostSubject: Re: Driving   Driving EmptyFri 06 Aug 2010, 1:25 pm

I came across this last year after my hysterectomy and rang my insurance company and they said there is no actual "law" that states when you can drive after surgery as long as you are no longer on narcotic pain relief (i.e. Panadol, etc is fine). I guess to save any hastles with various insurance companies and their differing policies it is best to check with your insurance company first.... (btw that was with NRMA)......

Oh and they also said that 24 hours after an anaesthetic is against the law to drive because it is still "in your system"....

Hope that was of some help?
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PostSubject: Re: Driving   Driving EmptyTue 20 Jul 2010, 8:32 am

I think, for insurance purposes, you need to be told by your doctor when you can drive. If you're in an accident and haven't got approval to drive, claims can get very messy.
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PostSubject: Re: Driving   Driving EmptyMon 19 Jul 2010, 9:46 pm

You should have been given this information before you left hospital.

10-14 days so you should be right to drive.
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PostSubject: Re: Driving   Driving EmptyMon 19 Jul 2010, 4:42 pm

If you're not on heavy duty painkillers, I see no reason you can't drive...?
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PostSubject: Driving   Driving EmptyMon 19 Jul 2010, 4:28 pm

Hi,
Im going around the bend wondering when i can drive my manual car again. Should have asked the doctor, i got sleeved 11 days ago. Does anyone know??Thanx, and i hope everyone who has been recently sleeved is recovering well.
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