Typically, one would have difficulty driving for about 2-3 weeks, though you might be able to drive short distances within a week after surgery. It all depends on pain, swelling, stiffness, type of car, side of surgery: right vs. left, etc. Most patients do NOT drive AT LEAST until after their first postoperative visit (7-10 days after surgery). Even then, caution should be exercised, especially if you are on pain medication or if mobility is limited.
Please read this BBC News article: Patients Warned Over Driving After Surgery
I thought surgery and rehab were going to be a miserable experience, but neither was too bad. Thanks again.– DL