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8 months post op: Air travel and lymph node removal 8 months post op: Air travel and lymph node removal

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Unread 05-27-2015, 09:00 AM
8 months post op: Air travel and lymph node removal

Hi sisters!
I had the Davinci method for stage 1 cervical cancer on September 18, 2014. I'm 8 months out, and doing great. I am getting ready to take a flight from Reno to Los Angeles. It's a relatively short flight, but I was wondering if anyone that has had lymph nodes removed due to cancer issues has traveled by air, and if they had any problems. I have not had any problems with Lymphedema or swelling, but I did read that air travel could trigger these problems. My doctor told me to wear some Spanx, which I was thinking of doing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Unread 05-27-2015, 04:16 PM
Re: 8 months post op: Air travel and lymph node removal

I had DaVinci surgery with 13 lymph nodes removed last October. Following surgery I had a discharge for nearly eight weeks which my oncologist said he thought was lymph coming through the vaginal walls. It is now completely cleared. No other swelling or numbness either.

I have now been on two six hour one way airplane trips and will take another shorter one tomorrow and have had no ill effects with fluid retention, etc. I should think you will be fine but it can't hurt to wear compression socks or whatever you feel comfortable wearing.
Unread 05-29-2015, 09:28 AM
Re: 8 months post op: Air travel and lymph node removal

Hi Hopeful! I'm really glad to hear you are doing well, and that you have done some traveling with no issues. I had 33 nodes removed, so I'm not sure if there is a correlation in how many are taken and swelling issues. I think I'm going to wear a pair of Spanx, just to be on the safe side. Thanks for your input!
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Unread 05-31-2015, 08:15 AM
Re: 8 months post op: Air travel and lymph node removal

I haven't flown since my lymphadectomy a few years ago, so will be interested to hear how it goes. The shapewear is a good idea, that's what a pt told me to use if I feel the need for more support. Try to stay hydrated and take you shoes off during the flight, you want to keep your fluid moving. Have a nice trip!
Unread 06-02-2015, 05:05 PM
Re: 8 months post op: Air travel and lymph node removal

I have lymphedema in the leg after 25 lymph nodes were removed during hysterectomy and cancer radiation. I have flown several times since the surgery and the protocol has been to wear a compression stocking, which I always have to wear. I also found it helpful to move my feet around during the flight, shake my foot up and down, etc. I had no problems from flying. Hope you have a great trip.
Unread 07-31-2015, 10:30 AM
Re: 8 months post op: Air travel and lymph node removal

Hi Ladies!!
I went on my trip, and I ended up wearing a pair of Leggs Active Support nylons. Had zero problems, during or after, so everything went well!!
Unread 08-01-2015, 07:34 AM
Re: 8 months post op: Air travel and lymph node removal

I have flown multiple times with 2 -3 hour flight duration with no issues. I never exhibited any signs of lymph edema after my surgery so not sure if someone has had lymph edema they may be more at greater risk or not when flying.

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