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Driving

Get Well Soon

Helping you to make a speedy recovery after surgery to have part or all of a lung removed

Driving

Your insurance company should be informed about your operation. Some companies will not insure you for up to four weeks after having lung resection.

It is important to remember that the painkillers you are taking may have a sedative effect, which can slow down your reactions.

In addiction, you must be able to be able to do an emergency stop without causing yourself any pain or soreness, or without damaging your operation wound.

Driving - An exercise

After about a month, you might want to test your fitness to drive. You do this without switching the engine on: simply sit in the driving seat and practise putting your feet down on the pedals. Again, build up gradually. If you feel pain, stop immediately. If you feel sore afterwards, you may need to wait a day or two and try again. Only when you can put enough pressure on the pedals to do an emergency stop - without feeling any pain or soreness afterwards - should you think about driving again.

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