|WHO:||Orthopaedic surgeons Geoffrey S. Marecek, MD, and Michael F. Schafer, MD, co-authors of a new literature review outlining the potential limitations and necessary precautions for driving after orthopaedic surgery and procedures.|
|WHY:||While the topic can have emotional, legal and public safety implications, there are currently no laws, or well-established insurance or medical guidelines, to help patients and physicians determine when it is definitively safe to drive again following orthopaedic procedures. As a result, many patients drive without consulting their physician, while still on narcotic pain medication, and/or while wearing splints or casts which can significantly impair their ability to drive.|
|WHAT:|| “Driving after Orthopaedic Surgery,” appears in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). |
Highlights from the literature review include:
|HOW:||Contact the AAOS public relations department at 847-384-4035 to schedule an interview with Drs. Marecek or Schafer.|
Frequently asked questions on driving after orthopaedic surgery.
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