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Jonathan Cluett, M.D.

Return To Drive After Surgery

By February 18, 2014

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Most of us rely on our cars. Maybe we like to think we don't need them, but ask anyone who has had an injury or surgery that has prevented their ability to drive, and they'll be sure to let you know how important our cars can be. So when is the right time to return to driving? Is there a standard time? Should I ask my doctor?

It turns out, there is more to driving than your doctor can assess in his or her office. Driving safely requires the vehicle operator to have sufficient mental and physical abilities, both of which can be affected by injuries or surgery. While your doctor probably can tell you when it is not safe for you to drive, ultimately the decision on returning to drive should be determined by your local motor vehicles licensing department.

Did you take a test before returning to drive? Leave your comments below!

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