How Long After a Tummy Tuck Can I Drive?
- Asked by maggie10 in ca
- 3 years ago
Driving after tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
In most instances being able to drive is a function of whether you are taking pain pills which could impair your ability to drive. In some cases this is within 4 days while for others it may take longer in the range of 2 weeks.
Web reference: http://www.bodysculptor.com/body-surgery-chicago/tummy-tuck/
Resuming Driving after Cosmetic Surgery
Driving after tummy tuck
There are a number of issues relating to driving. Of course your pain should be minimal. You also cannot be on narcotics for pain. You should be mobile enough to maneuver quickly out of the car in case of an emergency, and you should be healing well enough so that any trauma by the seat belt of steering wheel in case of an accident is minimized. Usually this is between 10-14 days post-op, perhaps sooner in minimal cases.
Driving after surgery
The advice I give my patients is that they should not drive if they are impaired. You should be able to operate your car in a safe manner. This means you have to be able to react and move with out pain and not be inebriated with pain medications. This is very important from an insurance stand point because your insurance company does not insure you as an impaired driver.
Driving post tummy tuck
The duration is subjective and always varies from patient to patient. I allow my patients to drive as soon as they are feeling less sore, off the pain meds, but not before 7-10 days post op. I also restrict long distance travel for about 10-14 days following the surgery.
Web reference: http://www.cosmeticssurgerycentre.com/tummy-tuck.php
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