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