Driving after lumpectomy

Hi, I’m new on here and have a lumpectomy scheduled for the 20th November. Stage 1, grade 3 ductal.
The surgeon will take a sentinel node biopsy at the same time but I just wanted to know how soon I might be capable of driving? It’s the right side but I’m also a carer so quite important for me. Thanks


I was told two weeks by my surgeon, but I felt I could drive sooner, you have to be able to do an emergency stop.

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Same with me 2 weeks they said but obviously will depend on how you feel , arm movement etc .Best to get it confirmed by your surgeon and hopefully the nurses here will advise .

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I was also told at least 2 weeks. If anything happens, your insurance wouldnt pay out x

Welcome to the forum @alex2 - as this is the Ask the Nurses section of the forum they will close this thread after they reply . If you want to chat with other forum members maybe also post in the Recently diagnosed with breast cancer section or Surgery section . Best of luck with your op .

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Hi alex2

Thank you for your question about driving after surgery.

Your treatment team will usually offer you advice on when to return to driving. It will depend on your surgery and your recovery. As @chillout365, @Jill1998 and @looby2 mention this can often be around a couple of weeks.

You need to feel comfortable and safe to do so, as well as being confident that you’re able to drive normally. A small, thin cushion may be helpful if the seatbelt is uncomfortable or rubs. You may also want to check with your insurance provider that you are covered.

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