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Partial Nephrectomy in the morning for 4.5 cm tumor on the bottom of right Kidney

Bob White
Bob White Member Posts: 2

I have been reading the comments about the surgery and the information is very good and I appreciate it. I was wondering wh7y my surgeon said I am not allowed to drive for three weeks? Is it something to do with driving or just riding? I wished I had asked him but I was processing the whole "you've got cancer info".

Thanks

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  • misterace
    misterace Member Posts: 31
    edited August 17 #2
    After my partial (for a 4.5cm

    After my partial (for a 4.5cm tumor as well, ironically), every little bump on the road caused me pain. 

    The ride home from the hospital was pretty rough, and it took a while before I felt comfortable driving/riding in a car. 

    3 weeks sounded about a right, but it took me almost 6-8 weeks to feel "normal" again driving around because of the weird sensations I had. 

    It goes away though.

  • donna_lee
    donna_lee Member Posts: 1,018 **
    Driving Restrictions

    1-you'll be sore in spots

    2-post anesthesia, your reaction time will be slowed

    3-if you begin a motion and it hurts like hell, you may not be able to control your reaction or complete a turn of the wheel

    4-if you are on pain pills, don't drive

    5-the biggie that I heard from my brother was that auto ins. doesn't want you on the road, in the event you are in an accident.  Auto ins is the liability carrier and not your medical ins.

    6-Dr's don't want you come back with further injury after surgery, as it may not be easily reparied

    7-and yes, you can ride, with a seat belt on

    Speedy recovery, and hugs

    donna_lee

  • Bob White
    Bob White Member Posts: 2
    edited August 17 #4
    misterace said:

    After my partial (for a 4.5cm

    After my partial (for a 4.5cm tumor as well, ironically), every little bump on the road caused me pain. 

    The ride home from the hospital was pretty rough, and it took a while before I felt comfortable driving/riding in a car. 

    3 weeks sounded about a right, but it took me almost 6-8 weeks to feel "normal" again driving around because of the weird sensations I had. 

    It goes away though.

    Thanks for the reply. I'll

    Thanks for the reply. I'll have a one hour ride back home after surgery but I've done it before. I am just wondering if you have a history of Kidney stones?

  • misterace
    misterace Member Posts: 31
    edited August 17 #5
    Bob White said:

    Thanks for the reply. I'll

    Thanks for the reply. I'll have a one hour ride back home after surgery but I've done it before. I am just wondering if you have a history of Kidney stones?

    Just have whoever is driving

    Just have whoever is driving you be very careful around dips and speed bumps and you should be ok :) . I had a 20 minute drive, it was fine, but i did feel every little bump. 

     

    I don't have a history of kidney stones.

  • eug91
    eug91 Member Posts: 340 **
    edited August 17 #6
    Everything Donna said!

    Also, bring a pillow as a passenger. Depending, you might be more comfortable with a pillow to keep the seatbelt from resting directly on your soreness. 

    Best of luck with your neph! We're with you - you're going to do great! 

  • AliceB1950
    AliceB1950 Member Posts: 132 **
    After the first week, I had

    After the first week, I had no trouble riding as a passenger. I probably could have gotten out and about earlier, but I wanted to practice getting around at home first. My favorite possession was a soft hand-sized sponge completely covered in chamois. I'd tuck that into my waistband to protect the largest laparoscopic incision. Besides protecting the area, the gentle pressure felt so good. I wore elastic waist pants during recovery. One thing I wish I'd gotten before surgery was a pair of overalls so I wouldn't have had anything against my waist area - but it depends on the location of your tumor where you'll have your incisions. Good luck!

  • Biner
    Biner Member Posts: 103 **
    edited August 20 #8
    I remember when next day afer

    I remember when next day afer surgery wife drove me home,it was painfull i not recomend drive alone!