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Driving after a lumpectomy

Jan 53
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Can anyone tell me how long it was before they could drive.  I had a lumpectomy and some sentinel nodes removed on Nov 6th.  My car insurance is happy for me to be guided by my physio/consultant,  but I'm not back until Dec 4th.

Debj23
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Hi, hope you are feeling ok. I was told not to drive for 2 weeks after my op. Hope this helps xx
Jan 53
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Hi Debj23, thank for your reply. I'll check with my physio in the week.
moonspeed
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Hi Jan. I was told 4 to 6 weeks.  I think it depends on which side it is as well, mine was the left side and apparently that takes longer than the right, from what I was told.

I must confess I did give it a try after just over 3 weeks but didn't get far down the road and had to come back.  There was no strength there in the arm for changing the gears.

After that I waited for another week and it was ok on short journeys although it was another 2 or 3 weeks before I could manage the hand brake, I was having to lean around and use both arms for that.

Hope this helps a bit.  Good luck with it.

Jan 53
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Thanks for That Moonspeed, I've to have more surgery next week so my driving week be put back anyway.
moonspeed
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Sorry to hear you need more surgery, Jan.

Good luck for next week.