Another commonly asked question for people going into surgery is when are they able to drive again after ACL surgery. ACL Surgery can really impact your life, the loss of mobility from knee surgery can greatly reduce the number of things you are capable of doing. Driving is a part of our lives and not being able to drive will take away many peoples ability to earn a living. One of the quickest ways to regain your life after acl surgery is by being bake to drive again, here is the typical stage on your ACL surgery recovery timeline that you will be able to drive again…
The answer to “When can I drive after ACL surgery” depends on 2 main things
1. Which leg did you have surgery on
2. Do you drive an automatic or standard
Based on this there are 4 scenerios
A. Left Leg ACL Surgery – Driving an Automatic
A few days to one week
If you fall in this category than you are lucky and will be able to drive as soon as the pain meds wear off, a few days to 1 week is typical. However, make sure your leg is not in a lowered position for long as you will still have swelling problems, no more than a 15 minute drive and start slowly.
B. Left Leg ACL Surgery – Driving a Standard
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one to two weeks
You will need to use the clutch, unless your drive a really cool car(see picture below), for this your leg will need to be able to be weight bearing. If you are capable of holding it up and moving your foot up and down along with some weight bearing than you are ready to start driving (if you are comfortable). The important thing is obviously safety and as long as your Left leg wont affect you using the break than the worst that will happen is some damage to your
C & D. Right Leg ACL Surgery – Driving an Automatic or Standard
two to six weeks
If you had surgery on your right knee than you are going to have to wait awhile to be able to drive again. You need to be able to hit the brakes quickly if you encounter a situation that warrants it. Because of this you need to be able to 100% weight bear and and move up and down 10 degrees on your one leg(you can hold something for balance. This test is meant to ensure you have enough strength to push the brakes in an emergency.
Final Tip – Take it slow, the timeline above is just my thoughts on what I think is reasonable…everyone is different and make sure to not drive until you are 100% confident you can.
Good luck and I wish everyone a fast recovery!
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