Jeff Stickney, MD

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When you can drive after surgery is quite variable.   Typically, 2 to 6 weeks after surgery. First you must be off narcotics during the day.  Most driving is done with your foot; however, you do need to lift your leg to quickly go from the gas to the brake.  To help you decide when it safe to drive.  You should sit in your car and pretend someone stopped suddenly in front of you.  Can you quickly lift your leg and slam on the break?  If you are slow or hesitant or uncomfortable you are not ready to drive.