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Tuesday, December 28, 2010 rajan, Community Member, asks

Q: After open heart surgery (by pass surgery)wehen can i drive. ?

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MrQuadruple, Community Member
12/28/10 1:52pm

They say your doctor is suppose to tell you and normally it is one month after.

 

But I started short trips to the store and mall at 2 weeks after.

You shouldn't take the pain killers if you plan to drive.

The first couple of times I had someone with me, just incase.

 

The hardest part of it is getting in and out of the car and looking over your shoulders. The bones take a long time to heal.

 

 

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MrQuadruple, Community Member
12/28/10 1:57pm

The main reason for my driving was that it is cold and snowy here and I needed to get the mall to walk.  You really need to walk alot, at least during the first 6 months if you want to recover. At 2 weeks out, you should be walking about a mile, atleast 3 times a week, then increase your walking distance and speed in time.

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LIL, Community Member
1/30/11 2:42pm

MY HUSBAND'S SURGEON SUGGESTED 6 WEEKS...........AFTER QUADRUPLE BYPASS, HE DROVE WITH SEATBELT.......BUT IT CAN CAUSE SORENESS IN THE CHEST WHERE SEATBELT CROSSED OVER .................WE USED A SOFT TOWEL TO PAD THE BELT, AND HE IS DOING BETTER. 

 

I DON'T THINK A PERSON SHOULD DRIVE UNTIL AT LEAST TWO MONTHS.....JUDGING FROM THE OUTCOME OF MY HUSBAND'S EXPERIENCE.

 

WE ARE GONNA BACK UP AND START AGAIN........WAITING UNTIL  3 MONTHS........JUST TO BE SAFE.........

 

.......MY HUSBAND HAS LOST ALMOST 30 POUNDS AND WAS IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE AT THE TIME OF SURGERY.....HE HAS ALWAYS WALKED  A MILE TO 2 MILES A DAY.

 

I SUGGEST TAKING IT SLOW AND EASY.............DO WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE DOING, NOT WHAT YOU want TO DO.............

 

WORST OUTCOME FOR US IS MY HUSBAND'S SAD MOODS.........SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE WARNED US.

 

 

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