Doctor, When Can I Drive?

It may not be your decision

For many people, driving a car is a necessity of everyday life. In areas without public transportation (and even in cities with good public transportation), people drive everywhere. So when something happens—whether it’s a flat tire or a fractured tibia—drivers want it fixed quickly so they can get behind the wheel again.

As Geoffrey S. Marecek, MD, and Michael F. Schafer, MD, write in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of the AAOS, “The inability to drive presents a significant obstacle to patients. … The decision to resume driving after orthopaedic surgery is difficult for both patient and surgeon.”

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