Dr. Bremner describes when a lung transplant patient can return to driving and going to work.
So of course that’s variable again, and it depends a little bit about whether you have received one or two lungs and how quickly your lungs have adapted to their new environment.
Usually patients can drive 4 to 6 weeks after the operation, but they obviously cannot drive if they are still taking any pain medications of significance, but usually 4 to 6 weeks is a reasonable time to expect for you to get both back to the driver’s seat as well back to work.
Dr. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D.:
Ross M. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D., is surgical director of the Center for Thoracic Disease and chief of thoracic surgery at the Heart & Lung Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Bremner completed his medical school training in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Harwood Nash Memorial medal for surgery. He then completed his general surgery training at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, during which time he also completed his Ph.D. Dr. Bremner then went on to complete his cardiothoracic training at USC after which he joined the faculty as assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the Hastings Thoracic Oncology Laboratory.