I was driving pretty quickly. After Step 1 (of 2) I was driving locally about 2 weeks post-surgery so about a week after I got out of the hospital. However I did not take any narcotics after leaving the hospital (actually after 2 days...made me sick so opted for Tylenol!). Basically my surgeon said when I could turn to look at my blind spots I was OK to drive. After takedown it was even quicker...can't remember exactly but I know I drove myself to my follow-up appointment over an hour away less than 2 weeks post-takedown. Again...no narcotics once I left the hospital (was there for only 3 days for takedown).