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Driving after fusion surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 51,465
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had surgery 6 weeks back, when should be ready to drive car, I was told to wait, can anyone advise, if they had any problems with driving or sitting in car as passenger. I started driving last week just twice, will there be any problem with fusion surgery if I drive.

Please advise. God bless you all.
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  • My husband had to be away the week after he stayed home with me for my 360 fusion at L4-L5 with disc replacement and hardwear. I just had to be with him as it was my birthday and I was having some post-op emotional issues. I felt fine but I know it was early to drive, I just had to see him. It was a 1/2 hour drive and he drove back. I have since been driving to the store and such but nothing to long. I have also noticed I do not like being a passenger for long drives.. 1 hour or more, I find myself sore and sleepy. Call your doctor and see what is advisable for you. I told my doctor I drive and he just looked at me as if...Are you nuts!! He didn't say it but I knew better. Gotta Love "Em
  • Had my surgery almost 2 years ago...having more in a month to remove hardware...anyways I still have problems driving to this day! Turning corners too fast...as a driver or passanger. Going over bumps still sucks! Guess its all in how you recover. In all honesty it was the most miserable thing ive ever been through! Hope your lucks better >:D<
  • Going on about 11 weeks since my fusion surgery and I have no desire to drive. Scares me too much. Can you imagine getting in an accident this soon out of major back surgery? Eeeeks not me.
  • I think I waited about three months and I drove, was nice to drive for a change at that point, I hardly drive though anymore. My biggest issue is going over bumps, train tracks and construction areas where the pavement is uneven, really have to slow down for things like this to make it smoother.
    cherrybomb80 said:
    Had my surgery almost 2 years ago...having more in a month to remove hardware...anyways I still have problems driving to this day! Turning corners too fast...as a driver or passanger. Going over bumps still sucks! Guess its all in how you recover. In all honesty it was the most miserable thing ive ever been through! Hope your lucks better >:D<
  • hiya, i had a PLIF about 12 months ago. It went well for about 6 months. After that it appeared to go back to the same it was before. I find that my back aches when I drive. No problems with bumps but the ache makes it painful to drive any distance but short journeys appear ok. Good luck to you.
  • The doc said I could drive at 2 weeks post op, but I still don't feel comfortable doing it so I have not tried. I am on narcotics and my right leg spasms often. I don't think that is a good mixture.

    One Love,

    Stephanie
  • Its my first post and id like to say that when I woke up in recovery I had massive pain in my right leg and foot, also numbness in my left thigh, knee and calf. I also have numbness in my toes on right leg. Pain soo bad im chasing pain killer after painkiller and although im doing my physio as best I can do I seem too spend all day knocked out or counting tablets. Everyone ie doctors, surgeons, physios etc keep saying its early days and not to moan about the pain but they are not the ones going through it. I started driving again two weeks ago as my mother in law bless her had taken our son on holiday to turkey so had no one to drive me as hubby working. Scarey as both feet went numb withinn20 min and had to stop, walk around and start again. Done few very short journeys since and got easier but feel knackered afterwards like ive done a maraton
  • Im not sure where the date came from but I had the surgery 20th june 2014
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,702

    This is a very old thread, for best support and information I suggest you make a new thread in introductions, you can do this by clicking on 'create forum post' on the left column.




    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-spine-health-how-get-started

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

  • Were you cleared by your surgeon to drive? If not, that is dangerous for many reasons, including doing damage to yourself or others if you are not able to respond to traffic conditions in a timely manner. The damage you can do to yourself is even worse if you were to get into an accident, or damage the area of surgery.
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