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Tips on flying/vacation after surgery? Tips on flying/vacation after surgery?

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Unread 08-13-2008, 05:25 AM
Tips on flying/vacation after surgery?

So last February we planned a trip to Colorado for a wedding and family reunion in August thinking my surgery was going to be in June. Unfortunately, we couldn't book the OR until July 22nd. I am now about 3 weeks post-op from a TAH. We are leaving tomorrow.
For the most part, I feel pretty good. My doctor cleared me to drive short distances at 2 weeks and that has been going well. I've been pretty active although respectful of when I'm tired or sore. My doctor put very few restrictions on me. He only told me not to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk. Most of the restrictions I've learned on this website!
So here's my worry...it's a 4 1/2 hour flight. Sitting upright for long periods of time is still not my favorite thing to do. Hopefully, there won't be too much turbulence and I can get up and walk around periodically. I'm also planning to wear my anti-embolism stockings as I don't want a blood clot. My doctor has said I could go as long as I rest.
Once we get there I think I'll be fine. We are bringing a mother's helper to help out with our 4 year old and we will be staying with family and friend's who are all supportive.
Has anyone flown/gone on vacation after surgery? I would love any tips...things that were helpful...things to avoid...?

Thanks,
Mel
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Unread 08-13-2008, 06:19 AM
Tips on flying/vacation after surgery?

I would love to know as well as I am flying this weekend on a 4 hour flight. The only thing my doctor told me was that I was not to lift my luggage. We have a 2 1/2 year old flying with us so this should be interesting.
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Unread 08-14-2008, 08:38 PM
Tips on flying/vacation after surgery?

Hi Ladies!

I had a TLH on 6/4 and flew to Europe on 7/4 with the consent of my Dr. He asked that I walk around a lot, use a compression device and not lift luggage. I've been back another two times since and so far (please God) no problems.

Good luck and walk the plane!
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Unread 08-14-2008, 09:38 PM
Tips on flying/vacation after surgery?

I took a percoset before flying for 3 hours 4 weeks after surgery...It got me there and I felt fine...Good luck!!
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Unread 08-15-2008, 08:31 AM
Tips on flying/vacation after surgery?

I was cleared to fly this Sunday, 8/17 and my surgery was on 7/21. Only restriction was not to lift my suitcase and I won't do that. Doctor said flying was ok to do and would not bother surgery. I plan to take it really ease. We're flying to Florida for family vacation.
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