When Can You Hit the Road after Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Nov 30, 2023

Are you scheduled for a bariatric surgery and confused with the aftercare menace? We understand all you would want to do is get back behind the wheel once done. However, after bariatric surgery, hitting the road solo might need to wait. Wondering how soon would you be able to drive again post gastric sleeve surgery? Let’s find out.

So, How Soon Can You Drive Again?

Hold off on searching for those car keys for a week or 14 days after your surgery. With proper care, expect to start feeling much better when you hit the 2 weeks mark after surgery. However, it usually takes around 2 months after surgery for your stomach to heal completely. Not driving for 2-3 days after your sleeve operation is better.

Important Guidelines for Driving After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

When we talk about the restrictions after gastric sleeve surgery, driving is not the only thing on the list; you may also have some travel restrictions. Travelling short distances is allowed after regaining strength.

Doctors do not recommend driving a vehicle until you stop taking prescription pain medications after surgery. Moreover, if there is a need to get on the plane, schedule it for a month later.

When Is It Safe To Resume Driving After the Surgery?

There are multiple factors that determine the green signal you need for driving. Some parameters include:

  • Your overall health
  • Level of pain
  • Potential complications experienced during the surgery.

You must prioritize your safety and the ones on the road with you. Resume driving as soon as you hit the optimal physical healing mark and swiftly react without being hindered by pain. Remember to fulfill your bodily needs and listen to when it cries for help. It always presents signs and indicators. So, follow your team’s recommendations for a smooth and safe transition back to driving.

You must note that the recovery process is different for every individual. So, consult Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon at our facility, having fellowship from Bariatric Medical Institute (San Antonio, TX) for personalized advice on when it is safe to resume driving after your gastric sleeve surgery.

Post-Op Assessment of Your Healing Progress

We recommend not thinking about returning to drive on the road solo until you are still on pain medications. However, your surgeon can review your situation in a more detailed manner and provide his views.

They will evaluate all the factors involved, such as your overall health, pain level, and potential complications, to solve the mystery. Other than that, they will also consider the surgery timeline. Prioritize postoperative follow-up to make sure that your healing and recovery are successful.

Insurance and Legal Considerations

You must take into account every insurance and legal consideration when planning to drive after gastric sleeve surgery. Every country and state has its laws, rules, and regulations to handle this situation. Understanding your insurance requirements and restrictions, along with legal considerations, is essential for a smooth return to driving.

Closing Note

It is best not to rush to get back in the driver’s seat until your body gives you the signal to do so. Give yourself ample time to heal properly before you hit the road. You can rely on professionals at Nova Bariatrics to help you with your condition. Dial (469) 639-0953 to talk to us and give us a visit at 1081 Kinwest Pkwy #110, Irving, TX 75063.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.



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