Re: Driving after surgery
Hi Lisa -- welcome,
I had a microfracture and labral debridement in my hip, and went back to work five days post-op. I would not recommend doing so! No one told me about the also unexpected microfracture until my two week check up, so I was going up and down stairs, even though contraindicated for a microfracture. You do have to get creative with crutches; carrying food/beverages is difficult! A backpack can help. Or putting closed beverages in a plastic grocery bag -- it might swing around a bit but you can hold the handle along with the crutch handle.
A couple of things I have learned after recovering from multiple surgeries. The ban on driving is geared toward keeping you safe and keeping your operated leg from getting stressed. So, the first issue is whether you are still on pain medications and whether you are alert enough to drive. The second issue would rest on how far you are driving and whether your left or right leg was operated on, if you drive an automatic. If you feel that you are ready to drive, contact your surgeon and explain your readiness along with how far you would be driving. Wait until your doctor clears you, though.
I also found that it was a lot easier to work part-time and ease back into work. Now that I have recovered my sanity, I have taken four weeks off work for my last three surgeries (two hip and one back), then started working two-three days per week for 6 hours per day. If your work can be done from home, take advantage while mixing in a day or two in the office. Hopefully, your employer is willing to work with you, and I think most employers would prefer knowing you are going to work Monday, Wednesday and Friday, than expecting you five days and having you call in sick Thursday and Friday, because you just got worn out from working earlier in the week.