When Can I Drive After Wrist Surgery?

Do you get a cast after wrist surgery?

Following wrist fracture surgery, you will likely have some sort of wrist support, be it a plaster cast, a brace, or a splint.

These should be used according to your doctor’s instructions.

Icing your wrist will help reduce swelling and pain..

Can you drive with a splint on your wrist?

Wearing a wrist or hand splint may increase your chance of having an accident on the road, and the safest option is to avoid driving with a splint on.

Is it safe to drive with one arm in a sling?

While this is true, these people have specific modifications to their car and steering wheel making driving “one armed” safer. The bottom line is that, if you need to be in a sling, you cannot drive. It isn’t safe, especially if you encounter any surprises on the road.

Does a broken wrist ever fully heal?

Here are some things to keep in mind during recovery from a broken wrist: It might take 8 weeks or longer for your wrist to heal. More severe breaks may not fully mend for 6 months. You and your doctor will decide when you are fully recovered.

How should you sleep after wrist surgery?

Your surgeon might teach you the “hand above elbow, elbow above heart” rule. When sleeping, it may help to use a large mound of pillows, either beside you or on your chest, to keep your hand and wrist in this elevated position.

How many hours does wrist surgery take?

This typically takes between 12-36 hours. You will not feel pain and you will receive medicine that will make you forget the majority of the surgical procedure.

Is wrist surgery painful?

Pain and swelling are normal symptoms after surgery. To help manage this we recommend keeping your hand raised above heart level. You may use a sling during the day but it is important to remove this regularly and move your elbow and shoulder to stop them from becoming stiff.

Are you put to sleep for wrist surgery?

You will remain completely asleep and comfortable until the surgery is complete, at which time you will start breathing on your own, the tube in your lungs will be removed, and you will awaken in the operating room.

How long do you stay in hospital after wrist surgery?

You will probably spend one to two nights in hospital, and your arm will be in a splint for up to six weeks. You will need at least two weeks off work after surgery.

How long is recovery from plate and screws in wrist?

The metal plate and screws allow people to start using the wrist earlier. Motion and light use of the wrist are started ~2 weeks after surgery. Once the bone has healed (~6 weeks), more vigorous activities are allowed.

How long after arm surgery can you drive?

Driving After Arthroscopic Surgery (Key-Hole Elbow & Shoulder Surgery) If you have had key-hole surgery where no tendon or ligaments have needed repair, immediate movement is encouraged and you can drive once physically able. On average most people return to driving around 4 weeks following surgery.

Can you drive with one arm in a sling?

Question: Can someone that had a shoulder replacement and will be in a sling for four more weeks still be legal to drive with one arm? Answer: There are no restrictions placed on a license for this situation, unless a physician notifies Driver and Vehicle Services of such.

What happens at 6 weeks after rotator cuff surgery?

For the first 6-8 weeks after surgery, your surgeon will ask you to wear a sling to protect the repaired tendons. The next phase of recovery, from 8-12 weeks after the surgery, is focused on getting the shoulder to move normally again, while still not doing any lifting that could pull apart the repair.

Should I move my fingers with a broken wrist?

Keep your wrist higher than the level of your heart. This will help reduce swelling. Move your fingers often to reduce swelling and stiffness, but do not use that hand to grab or carry anything.