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Flying after surgery...

Posted by rose on 7/18/03 at 21:49 (124766)

I have been told by my daughter, a nurse, that it is dangerous to fly after surgery. I will be taking a two hour flight 5 weeks after this surgery I had two weeks ago. Is there a danger I do not know about? I would very much like your input on this. Thank you so much for your time.

Re: Flying after surgery...

Ed Davis, DPM on 7/19/03 at 17:33 (124804)

rose:

Long flights in planes with too little leg room (ie. most airlines nowadays) increases the risk of blood clots for everyone, but a little bit more so after surgery. Consider use of a good support hose (anti-embolism hose). Try to move around as much as possible and massage your legs periodically on the plane.
Ed