Driving again?

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Have all of you TKR folks out there had to wait until you've reached 6 weeks post op before you've been allowed to drive again, even if you drive an automatic and its your left knee that's been operated on? 

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    anita...12 wks..post tkr....I PROBABLY COULD HAVE DRIVEN AT 6 WKS...BE SURE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR FLEXION AND MOBILITY...,I CHOSE TO BE CAUTIOUS ...I WAITED UNTIL 8 WKS POST OP...I HAD HELP AT HOME
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    I didn't feel I would be 'able' to drive prior to at least six weeks anyway.  I was also aware that they 'advised' us not to, which meant (as I understand it), that if you had a 'bump' for whatever reason, the insurance company could wriggle out of any claim because you were 'advised' not to drive.
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      Thanks Pete and all! You're probably right about the insurance companies as they'd certainly use anything to wriggle out of any claims! I'm quite happy to wait but I will appreciate getting my independence back by driving my car!

      Should I have told my insurer about my operation or would that just be asking for more trouble?!

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      No you're not obliged to.  One thing I would mention.  As my car stood doing nothing for over six weeks, When I did come to start it the battery was flat.  Fortunately, I live on quite a steep hill, and I was able to just set it off rolling, and 'bump' start it.  But had that not been the case, I would have been struggling.
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      I got my son to drive my car round the block a couple of times then I revved the engine myself a few time 

      today I drove round the block for the first time since my op 

      and the car started the first time. ......

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      that's so funny, petemorris!  i just had to fork out major ££ as i wanted to drive today for the first tme (9.4 weeks).  same thing.  flat battery.  i mean really flat as apparently i had not closed the boot door properly and the inside light drained the battery completely.  i could have kicked myself!
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      Once you get in the car and drive like I did yesterday the thought of pain disappears ....I didn't go far. But WOW it made me feel good    

      "10 weeks today "

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      I got my hubby to drive my car a few times just to make sure it was ok.  He offered to go to work in it a few times but I said no as they have a lot of speed bumps and they would damage my car- think he just wanted to use my petrol so he didn't have to fill his up!.  I see physio a week on Monday so I will ask him what he thinks and hopefully he will say I'm ok to drive. 😃🚘🚗🚙⛽️
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    I'm not sure about that but I drove my automatic today....9 weeks after right TKR..I was given permission 2 weeks ago but only decided I was ready today 

    Jean 

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    I think around 6weeks is the general rule, at six weeks I spoke to my GP and he was fine with it . I just drove about a mile at first and after a few days I was back to normal driving. I have a manual, and it was my right knee which had the op. go for it gal if you feel posotive you will be fine . Wish you well in your recovery tucks
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      Glad to hear this discussion because I am desperate to get back behind the wheel, but it would seem that six weeks is the generally accepted time, two more to go "ish" and then I can go get and get my own wine and crisps smile

       

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