Driving Myself (5 Minutes From Home After Ankle Block/Local

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I'm trying ro locate 411 as to whether its safe and permissable to drive home after bunion surgery (both bunions on left foot automatic vehicle). I may need to drive myself...literally 5 minutes.

Will NOT be using General Anesthesia.

I would so appreciate feedback & comments...

Thank you!

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    I had a nerve block, no GA. I didn't quite understand from your message if you were having one or two bunions done. Even if you have one done, on left foot and can drive with your right in an automatic, I think the medical advice will be that you shouldn't. It was a bit of a surreal experience and I wouldn't want to have responsible for getting myself home! You may well feel OK, but if it is only 5mins, would you not be safer just getting a taxi?

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    As I may be in a similar situation, and bearing in mind that it is your LEFT foot in an AUTOMATIC car (and thus you would not need to use that foot to drive), I would like to have said 'yes, go ahead'.  However, I understand that your insurance will not cover you - insurance companies aren't really interested in 'details', only that you are driving immediately after an operation and probably against the advice of the surgeon.  As it is such a short distance, I would get a taxi or bus (both ways, so you are not left with your car in the hospital car park), for your own sake and also to stop the worry if in that short distance you cause an accident. 

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    Hi, even without a general and only an ankle block, I was given Ativan to relax thru the procedure and there is no way I would drive afterwards.

    I was awake but was so relaxed I didn't care what they were doing to my foot lol

    Are you sure they won't be giving you anything at all??

    It's rattling enough to know you've just had invasive surgery and since you will be awake, you will hear everything and it will be fresh in your head .....

    Don't drive! Cab is easy.

    S : )

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    Hello DiAnna.  I would think your surgeon would advise against it.  Your foot will be heavily bandaged and you will be wearing a large surgical shoe.  I was put in  a wheel chair and the nurse pushed me to the car, in no way was I allowed to walk.  When I got home I found it incredibly difficult to get about.  In any case, you will be told not to drive for six weeks and if anything did happen on the way home, your insurance would be invalidated.  Perhaps you could ask a neighbour or friend to drop you off and pick you up when you are ready to come home.  You must follow the hospital's instructions on after care, particularly where the next 48 hours are concerned, only walking from bed to bathroom.  Good luck with your op.

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    YOu can only drive if it is not the foot that has the surgury. I suggest you have a friend drive you if you can get a friend.If you cant get a friend get a car service.

    Good luck

    Charlotte

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    I couldn't weight-bear for 2 weeks after surgery but I had GA. Take a cab or have a friend drive you. plus won't they give you some kind of pain killer? Five minutes or not, I'd get a cab.

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