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driving after lumbar,fusion

Anyone,have any idea about when driving is acceptable. I am 4 weeks post op. Thx Theresa


  • FritzcrackerzFFritzcrackerz Posts: 246
    edited 04/13/2015 - 2:16 AM
    Speak to your insurance company. Some say wait six weeks, some say you need a fitness note from your doc and some say 'just as long as you can do an emergency stop if needed'.

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • I was told 6 weeks.and if you are driving very far get out every 30 minutes and walk for 15 mins..This also goes if you are a passenger. Hope this helps
  • There is no way you want to speak to an Insurmace Company about driving after surgery. I'm not sure what type of insurance you are referring to, whether health or auto, but raising any flag and them documenting your back surgery would be crazy. They are an organization who is only out to protect themselves abd dont mean to sound to aggreaive, but that is very bad advice.

    If you even consider that, talk to an attorney and get their feedback. Insuramce companies will note that you have a medical condition and god for bid you are in an "at fault" accident, you've just open up a chance of litigation. (At fault could be as simple as rear ending someone)

    ONLY speak to your doctors, who have patient -doctor privacy laws. (Same as an attorney)

    I was drivng right about 4-5 weeks after an L5S1 fusion. Tame it slow, get in car with limited twisting, have some lumbar support. I'd use my back brace for first few months too. Maybe even use an ice pack for a longer distant drive.

    Good luck

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