Typically you should be able to ride in a car within a few days. They usually assume that you going home from the hospital in a car. In some cases Drs have recommended avoiding significant elevation changes after lung surgery, that would limit air travel or even some road trips but this is not always the case. Best thing is to check with your Dr for his advice.
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Traveling after lobectomy
Asked by Blackmama on Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Traveling after lobectomy
Just wondering how long until I will be able to ride or drive a car after my lobectomy? They are taking 1 lobe off the right lung (I think). I'd like to be able to at least be a passenger in a car hopefully very soon afterwards. Thanks, Blackmama
3 Answers from the Community
I asked my doc how long before I could mow (riding mower) and motorcycle. He told me 2 months. It was at least that long. Twisting and turning can make you very uncomfortable. I got back into stuff by the end of summer (had a lobectomy in April). Take your time and let your body be your guide. Good luck to you and God bless!
This answer to this question is really based on many things. You will be riding in a car to go home from your hospital stay after the surgery. More than likely you will not feel like going out for about a week or more after the surgery. You are still recovering from a major surger and that takes some time. It was a surgery that involved your chest area and underneath you arm so the driving could be aggravating to those muscles that have just been messed with. However, when our patients come in for their post op consult with the surgeon (which is ususally two weeks after their release date from the hospital) they are looking well on their way to recovery. They have dressed themselves, maybe walked around the block, have made their own sandwich for lunch, ect... One of their many question to the surgeon is when can I drive again and again it depends on how they are healing from the surgery. If the post CXR looks good and the lung is filling up from that void that was left from the removal of the other lung then that is a positive. If their stiches are healing in the wound area that is another plus. If the patient is not short of breath and dependent on oxygen, again another plus. If their pain level is not requiring them to be on medications that could affect their driving that is another positive. As you can see, there is a list of many issues that have to be addressed and found to be in good order and then more than likely if all those items are positive then the surgeon will allow you to start driving withing that week or possibly to wait one more. It is all dependent on how well you are recuperating after your surgery, the surgeons opinion and your own good judgement. Hoping and praying for a speddy recovery for you!