How long after surgery to drive?

I had a masectomy and diep flap reconstruction in April 2006 and then had a long recovery as I had an infection which led to blood poisoning and spent a long tiome in hospital.I then had radiotherapy. Th infection meant that a large chunk of the reconstructed breast had to be removed, so I had a very large prothesis. I was offered a reductionin the good breast which I had done 1 week ago. I was a bit scared about this surgery following the last experence.
My question now is, for those who have had reductions done, how long did it take before they started driving and when did they have the dressing taken off?

Hi blessedone

The specialist nurses on our helpline team will be happy to talk to you about the questions you have regarding your surgery. You can contact the team on 0808 800 6000 the opening times are Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-2pm.

Best wishes

Hi blessedone,

So sorry to hear that you have been through such a tough time! I can’t answer your question specifically to breast reduction, but I’ve been told by my surgeon that as a general rule anyone can start driving after surgery when they can perform emergency stop safely and are not taking strong prescription painkillers.

Take care and don’t do too much!

Me too. Sorry you have been through a tough time. I had full masx with reconstruction from my back on 2 Jan 08. Was told I could drive 6 weeks after surgery but to check with my insurers first. I rang them after 4 weeks and they said it wasn’t them who made the decision (Tesco) but my consultant. They couldn’t advise as it could be classed as discrimination!!! I begged the consultant to let me after 4 weeks and she said as long as i could do an emergency stop i could. I think you could do an emergency stop no matter what your circumstances as it would be instinctive ie if a child or animal ran in the road infront of you, you would slam on no matter what the pain was and suffer afterwards. Just my thoughts that’s all.

I was told that it was my decision, but that you should have movement back in the arm, be off painkillers and the wound healed - oh, and able to do that emergency stop. (I’m with Mandy on that one, lol.) If I had an accident these would be the questions the insurers would ask.

Thanks for your replies. i’ve spoken to the breast care nurse and she also mentioned being able to do the emergency stop and aslo if I could use the seat belt. Really advised to wait and rush things. So I’ll see how I go.