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Driving after surgery


Re: Driving after surgery

Thanks am doing ok driving easier now 3 weeks on. Good luck for your op and recovery take care of you! And everything else will sort itself out xx

Re: Driving after surgery

Thanks Tolliebelle

You have a good point. I'd hate for any accident to happen. Looks like it will take a lot longer than thought. Best of luck with your recovery xx

Re: Driving after surgery

Hi I . Had bilateral mastectomy on 8th May I started driving this Wednesday it is a bit painful when changing gears I also had nodes taken. I am only going short distances but couldn't stand, not being mobile. Wear padded jacket and seat belt not too uncomfortable. However I used to be a driving instructor I would speak to your insurance company just in case you are responsible for a learner and that may make a difference. Good . Luck xxx

Re: Driving after surgery

Thank you Kess for your reply. I believe I will be having lymph node removed about 3 or 4 each side. Your advice is very helpful. I'll get on to my leasing company and get advice about their insurance rules. Thank you xx

Re: Driving after surgery

Sorry to hear you have this extra worry. it depends on how disciplined you are on the exercises. Also are you having lymph nodes removed or not? you will recover quicker if not. It will take some weeks before you have good movement if you are, and that assumes no problems. I would talk to your surgeon and get their view - your insurance company is also unlikely to cover you unless your team has said you are safe to drive.

Re: Driving after surgery

Hello Lordmaria


Welcome to the forums, I'm sorry you haven't had any replies yet.

If you would like to talk things through with a member of our helpline staff who are there to offer emotional support as well as practical information please call our helpline which opens again on Tuesday.

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June, moderator

Driving after surgery

Hi All

This is the first time for me to post, so hope I've done this correctly.

I have recently been diagnosed and will be having a double masectomy on the 10th June.

I am a self employed driving instructor. I want to be able to start back to work asap after my op. I've been told it will take 3-4 weeks before I can drive again. The issue I have will be the movement in my arms. As I sit in the passenger seat, I will need to be quick to grab the steering if someone drives dangerously.

Can anyone let me know (in your opinion), from your experiences, how long it will take to have good movement with your arms.

Thanks xx