How Long After a Tummy Tuck Can I Drive?
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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.
Wait 10-14 Days to Drive Following Tummy Tuck
The vast majority of abdominoplasty patients are able to resume driving in about 10 to14 days following surgery. At this point in time patients have the range of motion which is necessary to operate a motor vehicle. In addition, they are usually pain free and off narcotics. It’s important to realize that it’s against the law to operate a vehicle while impaired by any substance. For this reason it’s important that patients be off narcotics before driving.
Resumption of driving following surgery varies from patient to patient and depends on a variety of factors. For this reason, it’s important to discuss these issues with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to tell you when it’s appropriate to resume this important activity.
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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.
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.
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.
Returning to driving after a Tummy Tuck
As a general guide it takes about two weeks before you can straighten up due to the significant abdominal tightness. Therefore, you shouldn't even consider driving for the first two weeks.
After two weeks, being guided by your body and how mobile you are.. If you feel safe to get behind the wheel you can return to driving.