When can I drive and return to work after breast cancer surgery?
Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Discuss the details of post mastectomy lifting, exercise, and driving with your surgeon. The amount of time will vary depending upon the extent of surgery that was performed. Drains are often placed for up to a week. In my practice, patients can Not drive, work, or lift at any time with drains in place. 

How soon you can start driving depends on the type of breast surgery your reconstruction performed. Ask your surgeon when it is okay to drive. Do not drive if you are still taking narcotic pain medication after surgery.

You may return to work as soon as you feel strong enough. At first working fewer hours in a day or fewer days in a week may help you to ease back into a full-time schedule.

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