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Traveling After HysterectomyHow soon can I travel after my hysterectomy? What precautions should I take for airplane travel?

Your doctor is really the only one who can advise you on how long to wait before travel.

When you're planning, keep in mind that the farther you travel, the farther you will be away from your doctor. Should post-op complications arise, you would have to see a doctor who is completely unfamiliar with your medical history.

If you must fly, however, here are some tips:

  • Ask for an aisle seat so that you will be able to get up frequently during your flight in order to stretch your legs. Walk up and down the aisle often during the flight to help promote circulation.

  • Check ahead of time to be sure a wheelchair will be available for your use. This will be particularly helpful when you check in, as you may have to wait in line for quite a long time.

  • Have someone else carry your luggage.

  • Wear slippers or take your shoes off during the flight. Not only will you be more comfortable, but your feet will get better circulation.

  • Wear compression stockings.

  • While sitting, move your legs frequently. Rotate your feet in a circular motion at the ankles, wiggle your toes, push your feet against the floor, and do NOT cross your legs either at the knees or at the ankles.

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages right before and during the flight.

  • S-t-r-e-t-c-h. Stretching helps increase your circulation.

  • Drink plenty of water or other non-caffeinated products to keep hydrated.

  • Wear elastic, anti-embolism stockings.

Contact your health insurance company before your trip to be sure that any medical problems you may encounter will be covered.

Know the symptoms of a clot. If you experience any pain in the leg or thigh, if there is swelling or heat at the site of the pain, fever, shortness of breath, or any upper back pain, seek medical attention immediately. All symptoms do not have to be present.

Keep your legs mobile. Keep your feet as far in front of you as possible rather than constantly bent at the knee. Picture a garden hose with a kink in it. The water cannot flow freely through the hose if it is kinked. It's much the same with your legs. If the leg is bent at the knee, the blood cannot flow freely. If you have long legs, it may be worth the extra costs to get the extra leg room First Class provides.

Knowing the risks and necessary precautions before starting your trip may help prevent medical complications as well as making your trip more comfortable and pleasant.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

01-10-2006 - 06:45 AM


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