Common Health Question
It will depend on the regulations of your airline and the nature of your surgery.
Each airline has its own regulations about flying after surgery. Check with your airline before you fly, particularly if you've had complicated surgery.
If you've had any kind of major surgery, you should also check with your surgeon or GP before flying.
As a rough guide, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says that before flying, you should allow:
For other types of surgery, allow:
If you're flying after recent surgery, especially on the hips or knees, you're at an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in one of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs.
Other factors may also increase your risk of DVT, including if you:
If you're at high risk of DVT, speak to your GP before flying. They may get advice from your surgeon, for example, or recommend that you delay your trip.
You can take steps to reduce your risk of DVT, such as drinking plenty of water and moving around on the plane.
The risk of developing a travel-related DVT is low, even if you are classed as moderate to high risk.
People who have had a pacemaker or an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) fitted may travel without problems once they are medically stable.
Check your travel insurance policy carefully, as you may need to inform the insurance company that you've recently had surgery. This could increase the cost of your travel insurance.
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