I will be having c5-7 anterior discectomy and fusion on September 6th 2013 and am the only person in my household who can drive. How soon before I can safely get behind the wheel again. I'm not concerned about driving while medicated as I have been on pain pills for 6 years due to this issue and a Lumbar surgery years ago.I care for my 86 year old father in law so my life will be turned upside down for a while. I have heard anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months, that's quite a difference in opinions. 6 months will be a nightmare if that is the case. If anyone can give me a general idea, suggestions, etc. it would be much appreciated. Right now I feel as though I will be completely useless for and undetermined amount of time.