View Full Version : Trouble fitting in my car post op!

02-21-2007, 06:15 PM
It's me again-
I bought a brand new car this past summer and just got in it for the first time today since my surgery 10 weeks ago. (I have been riding in my mom's). First I sit down then swing my legs in but the problem is I hit my head on the doorframe. I am taller now and of course can't bend so it is very uncomfortable getting in the car. I have to bend my head down as much as I can-and it sits a little low so I have to "help" my legs in with my hands because I am still kind of weak. Did anyone else have this trouble? I can't imagine how it will get any better since I will not get any more flexible. I wonder if I should sell the car and get something else. Thanks!

02-21-2007, 08:04 PM
yea, cathie..it's real weird the first time you get in the car to drive. It does take a while to get in & swing your legs in...but it does get better, believe me. good luck,you'll do great!!!! Lynne

02-21-2007, 08:08 PM
OMG...Cathie I know exactly what you are talking about!!! I am 6' tall and have a 93 Toyota Camry. I barely fit in my car before my revision surgery (sometimes hit my head on the frame) but now I can't get in the car without having to bend my head to my shoulder.
My car is old enough that I am ready to buy a new one so if anyone has any ideas for someone tall (with really long legs) I will gladly take suggestions. At this point selling the car is the only thing I can think of to solve the problem (because I am not shrinking any time soon) RATS!!!

02-21-2007, 09:58 PM
I have found that it's so much easier to drive and ride in a pick-up truck for me. I have a Ford F150 and the seat is right at my 'butt level' when i'm standing, easier to step down out of it, and there's plenty of head room. Some SUVs are similar too. I hate having to ride in our family sedan now after becoming accustomed to my truck! Cathie, your experience was mine exactly when i first came home from hospital... was horrible riding anywhere... no wonder why i LOVE MY TRUCK.... :)

02-21-2007, 11:12 PM
It has gotten better. I am almost six months post op and it has gotten easier. I stiil have to watch my head. I think it is the way we used to be able to bend our backs to get in the car. It will get easier over time.

02-21-2007, 11:19 PM
Wow i never knew that that kind of trouble would arise from surgery, so is it that hard that u somtimes fall trying to get in? Im thinking of surgery but it seems like theres going to be lots to get use to

02-21-2007, 11:33 PM
I never fell. Someone in a previous post somewhere on the forum suggest putting a plastic trashbag on the seat of your car. It does make it easier to slide in and out. It is a temporary situation I am just careful and slow getting in and out of the car. It has improved dramatically and I expect that it will continue to do so.

02-22-2007, 05:21 AM
Joann---don't you feel the bumbs, pot holes with the truck? I used my jeep cherokee(old) & it was way easier to get in than my husbands sportscar! Only thing is I felt the bumps in the road a lot more & that bothered me. I had to go real slow. Ly

02-22-2007, 05:29 AM
When we needed a new car, we went shopping on "bad back" days. That way I knew if there would be problems. I wanted an Impala but hit my head. My daughter and I both drive Escapes. On a side note, I did get in and out of a Corvette when I was 9 months pregnant (12 years after my surgery)!

02-22-2007, 08:45 AM
Ly, yes, in a truck you do feel more of the road. I especially had problems at first because there was road construction between my home and work. However, i had one of those tempurpedic (sp?) pillows that i put in my seat that absorbed a lot of the shocks and made the drive much more pleasant. Now it doesn't bother me and i don't think about the bumps and jiggles unless i hit one unexpectedly. The ease of getting in and out and being able to sit up higher for a better view is worth it to me. (Plus I have a lot of 'natural padding' that makes it maybe easier for me....lol)

02-22-2007, 08:34 PM

Don't worry, it does get better! I'm only 5'1" and hit my head on my 2001 Mazda 626 (same size as a camry). I have a hard time getting out of my son's truck. He has a Ford Ranger Tremor that has a lift kit on it. I basically slide out of the truck while holding on. He does have to watch his driving, because I do feel everything! I would keep the car for at least a year. If your still having problems after that, then go look for a different one. Whenever you have to rent a car, rent things that you would be interested in owning.

04-22-2007, 07:27 PM
So even after a long time after surgery do u still feel the bumps on the road??? or does it get use to it? and after a while does it get easier to get in a car.. is it hard to get in a two door car and get in in the back seat?

04-22-2007, 07:47 PM
Before surgery, we had a Ford Ranger pick-up and a Ford Focus 4-door car. I had a much easier time getting in and out of the truck. While I was recovering, my DH traded in the Focus and bought a Mazda Tribute (the Mazda version of a Ford Escape...mini SUV). It's the perfect height for me to sit without having to bend or stretch. I still love my Ranger, but it does ride a bit harder than the Tribute so you can feel the bumps more.

04-23-2007, 04:28 PM
By you saying that u feel the bumps on the road does ur back hurt really bad? or is it just like a little jolt u feel?

04-24-2007, 11:32 AM
I am almost 5' 1'", and I have trouble getting in and out of my Honda Accord Coupe. (Two-door cars are a struggle, especially if you are trying to reach into the back seat!) I would say after a while, you get used to getting in and out of the car... Cars higher up from the ground are a lot more easier to get in and out from than cars lower to the ground... I always seem to bump my head because I can no longer hunch over or touch my chin to my neck. Anyways, you even get used to the car rides! Right after surgery, driving over holes and such were a bit harsh with the jolting and rocking movement, but months down the road as my back gets stronger and stronger, it does not bother me as much.

I remember a time when I was only 2 months post-operation and it started snowing... My snow scraper was tucked away way back in my trunk and I broke down in tears just cause I could not reach it! Luckily, I was in my church's parking lot and someone helped me reach it and even brush the snow off my car... So, before going into operation, make sure you situate your car to be accessible to you and your needs!

04-24-2007, 12:04 PM
My wife can now get into my tiny Miata sports car now! Thats at 7 months. She forgot to duck once and hit her head though. Its all step by step, but work at what flexibility you have, even pre-op. We are working on longer drives in the Miata, as she likes it. I rebuilt the suspension to make sure it is as comfy as possible.

04-24-2007, 12:19 PM
For me, the truck bounces a bit more than the Mazda but it doesn't hurt my back at all. The truck has an off-road package, so the tires are bigger and harder, that's why it bounces more than a car or SUV.

04-24-2007, 08:48 PM
I ended up trading my car for an SUV (Toyota Sequoia). It is SO much easier to get in and out of! And comfortable to drive too-I will probably never go back to a car!