When can I drive after breast reconstructive surgery?

Last Modified: May 8, 2009

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Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

When can I drive after breast reconstructive surgery?

Answer

Rachel McKenna, MSN, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, responds:

It is safe to resume driving when all the drains are out (more about these below), when you are off all pain medication and when you have regained safe range of motion of your arms. For most women this is about 3 weeks after the mastectomy.