Originally Posted by brhighfield
I have a Knee Fusion and has been the worse experience of my life. I cannot go up or down stairs. I cannot dance. I cannot stand for very long. I cannot walk for any distance. My leg is 3/4 inches shorter which means that I must wear a built up shoe which makes me fall down frequently. I have to prop up my leg when sitting. And if it is your right leg, forget about driving.
My late husband had hand controls on our various cars through the years. He had polio at age 17 and drove cars all his life. A hand control can be installed on any vehicle - there are rods attached to the brake and gas pedals to operate them with one hand. The other hand does the steering.
Hand controls can be added by a garage that services handicapped vehicles. You might have to consult the Yellow Pages and call around to see who does this. The cost is not prohibitive. The vehicle can still be driven in the usual way. I know because I often drove our vehicles through the years and had no problem driving it in the usual way. The hand controls present no problem for the usual driver driving the vehicle in the usual way.
Being able to drive is so freeing, so I hope that you will be able to get some hand controls and get back to driving a car.