Driving After Knee Replacement Surgery

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David C.'s Comment
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Just found out that I am going to have to have knee replacement surgery. Beside the 3 to 6 month recovery period, does anyone know of any DMV , or medical certification reasons why I could be disqualified from returning back to work. Have any of you drivers been through this, did you have any work related complications. I am kind of in the beginning phases of this situation so I am looking for all the information I can get , mainly regarding my employment future after the procedure.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Rick S.'s Comment
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If you can walk, stand on one leg and balance (which is oftentimes done in a DOT Medical Exam) - there's no reason you shouldn't be able to get (or renew) your Medical Certificate.

You've been on here for awhile - so is it safe to assume you're already driving?

You need to be able to run a fuel pedal (or clutch), climb in/out of a cab/trailer. Basically - all the physical activity you do now in your job.

Most modern knee replacement surgeries - after a decent rehab, regain full mobility and range of motion. So it really depends on the outcome of the procedure and how well you do in rehab. Also - most modern knee replacement hardware is better than what nature provided - and should be at least as durable.

DOT medicals are easy to pass - compared to some company agility tests.



Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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I had a total hip replacement a couple of years ago. Fully disclosed to everyone at nobody even batted an eye.


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