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Airplane travel after surgery? Airplane travel after surgery?

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Unread 02-19-2012, 01:05 AM
Airplane travel after surgery?

Hi! I, scheduled for a vaginal hysterectomy because of uterine prolapse. I'm otherwise healthy, and am scheduled to fly halfway across the country for a conference two weeks after surgery. Am I crazy?
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Unread 02-19-2012, 02:02 AM
Re: Airplane travel after surgery?

Although I had a different type of hysterectomy than you, the women in my recovery forum don't sound ready to travel at 2 weeks... the ones who had the vaginal procedure. I had a TAH and definitely wouldn't have been ready at 2 weeks. 6 weeks would even be iffy.
Unread 02-19-2012, 02:16 AM
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I had a LAVH one month ago, was never in pain and on meds but still can't sit upright for long and really don't want to imagine how going by aircraft after two weeks may feel.
Probably in the BusinessClass but still, seems very uncomfy to me.
But everyone heals different and has an own sight of what is comfortable or not. So maybe, you will do great after two weeks.
Happy and speedy healing.
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Unread 02-19-2012, 06:06 AM
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Wow I can't imagine having traveled by plane - or even car - two weeks after my operation and I've had an extremely good recovery so far. Traveling by plane isn't just the plane part, but the long walks through the airport (unless you're planning to be wheeled), dealing with security, etc, on both ends of your travel. I'd also be concerned about flying so soon because of blood clot issues (which I know you can mitigate by walking and moving around up in flight, but again, you have to be able to do that). We are all different and certainly recover differently, but I think flying to and attending a conference may be fairly difficult just at the 2 week mark. Wishing you a good surgery and recovery
Unread 02-19-2012, 06:59 AM
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.... how will you handle your baggage?

I had A&P repair for prolapse as well as prolapsed uterus. There is NO WAY I could have flown anywhere, let alone participate in a conference.
Unread 02-19-2012, 10:14 AM
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You want to ask your doctor this question too. Or even better I found that the doctor's nurse seemed more helpful with recovery type questions. You will have to make sure you really pay attention to doing your "airplane stretches" because that was stressed to me even for drives longer than 30 mins for the first 6 weeks or so.
Unread 02-19-2012, 12:33 PM
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Like Sherbert_61, my question is about the baggage. You will also likely have weight carrying restrictions at 2 weeks - mine was no more than 10 pounds. I went to a conference at 11 weeks post-surgery and spent the entire conference in pain. I carried my laptop through the airport, which was a huge mistake. While it was less than 10 pounds, I didn't realize how far I would have to carry it. I had a set of wheels for the checked baggage, but still had to lift and pull it. You never know how far you will have to walk from the drop-off point to the gate. If you have to travel, I would suggest requesting a wheelchair transport from check-in to the gate. If you feel better than expected, you can walk on the return trip.
Unread 02-19-2012, 01:30 PM
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My concern would be blood clots, you'll have to check with your doctor.
Unread 02-19-2012, 04:47 PM
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You asked if you are crazy. I'd have to say YES!

r posters make lots of good points I agree with. Just getting in and out of those pesky, too-close-together seats would have been difficult for me. I would not have been happy flying at two weeks after my LSH and I had a very fast, easy recovery. Maybe if you were in first class, used a wheelchair in the airport and had someone with you handling all your things--maybe. Then consider sleeping somewhere besides home when you aren't up to par.

If nothing else you will be very tired. I could do things at two weeks but I needed to rest frequently. It's best to plan for a long recovery and err on the side of caution. Remember, this is major surgery.

Unread 02-19-2012, 04:49 PM
Re: Airplane travel after surgery?

Please ask your doctor first.

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