When can I drive after surgery?

Jul 08, 2021

Getting back on the road after ostomy surgery is a great feeling as it reinforces our desire for independence and helps us feel like life is getting back to normal.  You will want to get your doctor’s recommendation before you start driving again. (It’s typically 2-6 weeks.) 

A couple of the factors that your doctor will consider are 1)  Being free from taking pain medications and 2) Your ability to stop quickly if an obstacle crosses your path.   

Wearing your seatbelt is very important and it should sit across your hip bone and your pelvis, not your abdomen and stoma.  If you are looking for a little extra stoma protection, check out a seat belt pad – there are some made specifically for this purpose.