a. This depends on several factors, such as the type of surgery, necessity of an assistive device after surgery, and whether surgery is on the right or left leg.
i. As a general rule for driving after surgery, you should be off assistive devices or out of your sling, off narcotic medication, and feel confident in your ability to respond in an emergency situation.
ii. If you have surgery on your left leg and you drive an automatic vehicle, you may be able to drive as early as 2-3 weeks after surgery as long as you are off narcotics and feel confident in your ability to respond in an emergency situation.
b. When beginning to drive again, start with short distances and routes that are familiar.
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