TITLE

Recommendations for Driving After Right Knee Arthroscopy

AUTHOR(S)
ARGINTAR, EVAN; WILLIAMS, AMY; KAPLAN, JONATHAN; HALL, MICHAEL P.; saNDERS, THOMAS; YALAMANCHILI, RAJ; HATCH III, GEORGE F.
PUB. DATE
May 2013
SOURCE
Orthopedics;May2013, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p659
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
No established guidelines currently exist to assist orthopedic surgeons in determining when a patient may safely control a motor vehicle after undergoing simple right knee arthroscopy. Despite this lack of concrete evidence, premature postoperative driving could expose orthopedic surgeons to legal liability and, more importantly, patients to danger and further injury. Through questionnaires directed at physicians, patients, and insurance companies, the authors attempted to identify common postoperative management trends among orthopedic surgeons in an effort to better identify patterns that could help direct practice for the optimized treatment of patients after right knee arthroscopy. Although 29.7% of physicians always incorporated postoperative driving instructions during routine preoperative consultation, 57% of physicians brought up these conversations half of the time or less. In addition, when the preoperative discussions were conducted, approximately 23.6% of physicians never initiated the conversation. The majority of physicians recommended driving after narcotics were discontinued (70%), when the patient felt they could subjectively control their vehicle (57.1%), and when postoperative symptoms would allow safe driving (38.8%); these achievements were most commonly reached at 1 week postoperatively. After simple right knee arthroscopy, the common consensus indicates that patients may safely return to driving 1 week postoperatively when they are narcotic-free and feel safe to control their vehicle.
ACCESSION #
87602467

 

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