It is not safe to drive after receiving sedation or general anesthesia.

So, when is it safe to drive?

It depends!

Be safe and plan ahead.

You have a colonoscopy scheduled for next month. Cancel your afternoon schedule. Ask your spouse, best friend, neighbor to help give you a ride. It will likely be safe to drive the next day.  Maybe you’re not having a short outpatient procedure. You have major surgery scheduled in a couple days. Stock the fridge, do the laundry, and clean the house. Anticipate that you will not be able to drive for at least a couple days.

You should not drive while taking pain medications (narcotics).

Ok! Ok!  When can I drive?

If you can get in and out of your car with minimal pain, it is likely safe to drive. Give it a try. Climb in, put the seat belt on, look over your shoulder. If it is uncomfortable, don’t drive. You don’t want to be in an accident and not able to get our of your car.


  • Be safe.
  • No narcotics while driving.
  • And, ask family and friends for help.
When can I drive after surgery?
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