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Can you drive after a hip replacement?

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The soonest a person can normally drive after a hip replacement is two weeks, according to Christiana Care Health System. The side on which the hip is replaced plays a key role as those who have had a left hip replaced can still use the right foot to depress pedals.

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A person who has had a right hip replacement surgery may have to wait up to six weeks to drive because of the need to use the right leg to press gas and brake pedals, according to CCHS. It is definitely not advisable to drive when using narcotic pain medication for relief after the surgery. The surgeon normally clears the patient for various activities, including driving.

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