• How long before I can drive after bi latteral mastectomy?

    Asked by tutuca67 on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    How long before I can drive after bi latteral mastectomy?

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    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had a bilateral masectomy with immediate reconstruction in February, on a Friday. I drove myself to my follow up appt the following Thursday. I was unable to raise my arsm above my head but driving wasn't terrible. I wouldn't suggest it for at least a week or two, but my pain was more from the recon than the masectomy.

      over 8 years ago
    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      For me I think it was about a week. As surgeries go, I found my bilateral mastectomy w/reconstruction to be relatively easy to recover from. Maybe it's because breasts are more "decorative" rather than "structural". I had surgery on my knee several years ago and that was WAY more painful. Let pain be your guide - if it hurts to drive then don't but if it doesn't hurt then you should be fine. Hugs to you:)

      over 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I think my doc said 2 weeks....but it might have only been a week.....I know by 2 1/2 weeks post bilat I was feeling pretty good....then wham, I started chemo...All the best to you :)

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I was driving after a couple of day. The hardest part for me was not getting the tubing from the drains tangled up in steering wheel or gear shift.

      over 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      A week or 2. But remember even though you feel good and maybe back to normal (whatever that is), It takes at least a week for your reflexes to return to normal after anesthesia, and if you are on any pain medications, even longer as they prolong the effects. Its like being over the legal drinking limit, as far as reaction time. Take it slow and let others do for you. Take the offered help, or ask for it from friends and family. I am sure someone would love to be of help this way. Also YOU will be sore, in spite of the procedure itself cutting the nerves, you are stretched (spread eagle) in the OR table. This stretches muscles you never knew could be stretched, so its not just your chest that may be sore. Take it easy and let othrs do for you...this is the time to heal, time for YOU! take care.

      over 8 years ago
    • sewfun928's Avatar

      I drove a week later, as soon as my drainage tubes were out...but I was told 2 weeks. Listen to your body and good luck.

      over 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Question to ask your doctor!!!! I'm thinking not of a casual drive the the nearby store, but drive on a highway. If you're in pain you're distracted. If you're distracted you might have to make a quick correction. I think this is where you and those on the road with you might be in danger. Best case.. you rip stitches, and have to 'start over'... worst case you could injure or kill a child, pedestrian or family in another vehicle. I was always told to wait six weeks for a major surgery such as yours.

      over 8 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar

      Technically, as soon as the anesthesia is out of your system and you're off of pain meds, you could drive; however, I had 27 lymph nodes removed, and my range of motion was such that I had to wait about a week to a week-and-a-half before I felt comfortable driving. The drains were also a problem, though once my range of motion was back, I did drive with the drains.

      over 8 years ago
    • Denise916's Avatar

      I was told when I could raise my arm above my head while leaning against a wall. I needed physical therapy and it took about 3 weeks when I was given the ok to drive. Make sure you have full range of motion before driving. It's not worth getting into an accident.

      over 8 years ago
    • MommaD's Avatar

      I had a bilateral mastectomy with a radical on the left on a Friday. I was hope by 1pm the next day and within an hour of being home I was ironing curtains. I know I shouldn't have but I felt pretty good. I had no pain and no meds. I thought I was going to be in bed for at least a week and fairly helpless but my surgeon told me that when they remove the entire breast, they remove the nerves that serve it and therefore there is less pain than with a lumpectomy. On Tuesday I drove myself to my surgical follow up appt. I kept my arms on the lower part of the wheel and had my drains pinned to my surgical vest and out of the way. Was astounded (as was my surgeon) by how well I felt after surgery, especially since I have three kinds of breast cancer and metastatic lymphangioma, stage IIIC and multiple other health issues and complications. BTW, I had to have surgery after 7 months of chemo due to the size of the tumor...7inches by 6 inches. I am almost half-way through radiation now.

      over 8 years ago

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