No, you won’t be allowed to drive following surgery. Please make arrangements for a ride home with a responsible adult. You won’t be permitted to drive the day of surgery, and you’ll need your doctor’s clearance before driving again.
After surgery, the time you spend in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) will depend on your procedure and how you respond to anesthesia. Visitors will be restricted during this time, but your nurse will keep them informed of your condition.
You’re encouraged to complete pre-admission testing (PAT) two to 10 days before your surgery. Your physician will order specific tests based on the procedure, your age and medical condition. PAT typically take less than an hour and ensures you and your doctor are both prepared.