I had BA three days ago, and feel fortunate -- I have not needed any painkillers of any kind, and feel great. Quite perky and still swollen, but virtually pain free. I will follow doctors advice and refrain from exercise for three weeks (which will be hard!!), but since I feel so good, and have full range of motion in my arms without any pain, when can I drive my car for short errands? Many thanks.
How Long After my Augmentation Before I Can Drive a Car (Local Errands, Not a Long Trip)?
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Driving after a Breast Augmentation
Hello and thank you for the question.
In general, I have my patients wait no less than 7 days before I allow them to drive. At that time they must be off narcotic pain medications as well as any other medications which may impair their driving. I recommend you follow up with your surgeon and follow his/her recommendations on this matter.
Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Car driving after augmentation
I usually allow patients to drive about 10 days to two weeks after augmentation. Sudden jerky movements can cause problems.
Driving after breast augmenation
I tell my patients that they can start driving a car when they are off of all pain killers and they feel comfortable enough to turn and look behind themselves without any problems. Most patients can do that in 5-7 days after surgery. Be careful not to try and drive too early and wind up in an accident because you can't move and turn like you need to and definitely, do not drive while taking pain medication.
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Driving after a BA
You are healing well! If you are not taking narcotics and can move your arms easily I would allow you to drive short distances at 5 days. You must be able to make sudden movements if necessary so any pain that would restrict this should warn you to wait. I tell patients to wait 5-7 days but truthfully most of them don't. I have never had anyone come to harm. The narcotics are the tipping point in my opinion. If you are taking them during the day, don't drive no matter how long it has been since your surgery.
Driving After a Breast Augmentation
Driving Following Breast Augmentation
Patients are eager to return to their normal routine as soon as possible following breast augmentation. The vast majority of patients are able to resume driving in 5 to 7 days following this procedure. At this time, the majority of patients are no longer taking narcotics for pain relief. When patients are still taking narcotics, resumption of driving should be delayed. It’s important to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon because protocols vary from surgeon to surgeon.