The following post from our forum is from a woman who is asking about tummy tuck recovery concerns including “How Long After Tummy Tuck Surgery Before You Can Drive A Car?”
Date: 03/20/2011 Submitted by: DiannaHow Long After Tummy Tuck Surgery Before You Can Drive A Car?
How long after tummy tuck surgery before you can drive? how long after surgery before you can wash your hair or been over?
Date: 03/20/2011 Submitted by: Tanner
My surgeon advises waiting two weeks before driving a car. I cheated a little and drove after one week with no problems.
Washing your hair and bending over will probably vary more with each patient. I can only answer those questions as they related to my personal experience.
I probably washed my hair two days after the surgery and that was by bending over the kitchen sink and washing it there. I was slow and careful not to pull on my midsection and stitches. It was easy to be careful because my bandages and compression garment held my midsection tightly in place.
I don’t remember bending over to be much of a problem, but I don’t remember how long it was before I was able to touch the ground with my hands. For a point of reference, 19 days after my surgery I was able to do pushups so I suppose I could bend somewhat. I just had to do it slowly and carefully.
Let me know if you have any other questions.