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Anna

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Driving
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:51:07 PM »
Hi guys,

I was just wondering at which point everyone went back to driving? I'm 6 weeks post op today  (hoorah!) and attempted to drive for the first time on a bit of private land. I managed it but have never felt so uncomfortable or unnatural in my life! Has anyone else had any problems trying to drive again? I have a manual car and my operated hip is the right hand side which does not help matters!

Anna
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fenceman

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Re: Driving
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2013, 01:10:02 PM »
When I had my left done I was only taking Tylenol and drove on the 5th day which I think was not too smart.  After my right I waited 2 weeks and did not have a problem.  My Doctor recommended to wait 6 weeks.
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Re: Driving
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2013, 01:25:33 PM »
Hey Anna! 2 1/2 weeks to three on either side, but mine is an automatic.

I felt strange driving again, probably mostly due to not having driven for a bit. I'd imagine the whole concert of feet that a standard requires would put a bit more stress.

My surgeon told me that if I could comfortably get in the car and move my feet from one pedal to the other, I was good to go. That was at two - three weeks for me.

It should go quickly though, I had no problems other than the odd soreness under the buttocks, easily alleviated by putting my flat ice pack under me.

By three months, I drove 450 miles by my lonesome to visit a friend in the happy land of Maine (I took a couple of ice packs for that one).
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Anna

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Re: Driving
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2013, 01:37:28 PM »
Thanks guys,

My surgeon was quite specific about no driving till 6 weeks so I have patiently waited. I can get in and out of the car fine. I can move from pedal to pedal fine and I even practiced a couple of emergency stops which were fine, it just feels really uncomfortable. Not so much pain, just awkward. I guess it will get better over time and I shall build up my miles slowly.

Anna
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Re: Driving
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2013, 03:24:15 PM »
When I had my right one done (14 years ago) I got back to driving after six weeks it felt a bit odd at first but was quite comfortable and soon felt fine. After about seven weeks I started on the motorbike.

A week later I hit a patch of black ice, dropped the bike and slid across the road on my operated side. Nasty bruise, which fortunately the surgeon did not see when I had my two month check-up. No harm done, happily.

In the UK, I believe the six weeks is an insurance restriction if its the right leg (to do with braking reaction time).

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Re: Driving
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2013, 08:05:21 PM »
Anna --- I drove at 3 weeks, but my car is an automatic. I had my right hip done so I had to practice breaking with my left foot. It took a week or so, but eventually I got the hang of it. I understand what you mean though about it feeling strange. It just takes time :)
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Re: Driving
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2013, 03:51:32 AM »
Anna, I drove at 2 1/2 weeks....to pt and back which was about 3 miles. I practiced braking with my left foot pre-op so it wasn't too hard and I also have an automatic. I really put the wheels to the ground at about 4 weeks but I was very cautious and "defensive" driving was an understatement. Some docs are so different. My doc said I could drive at two week check but didn't lift my hip restrictions until 12 weeks.
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Re: Driving
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2013, 12:01:26 PM »
I was cleared to drive "As soon as you don't need narcotics" on my left hip.  Of course he told me that at my 2 week check up and I did not take any after I got home.  And I have a manual transmission.
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Anna

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Re: Driving
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2013, 02:22:51 PM »
I think Granton is right, In the UK I think the 6 week no driving rule is more for insurance purposes. I have been driving a bit now but its still very uncomfortable. I think its because I just cant lift my leg past 90 degrees so I'm struggling with comfort. I'm sure it will get better though!  ???
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