am i safe to fly 14 weeks after an hip replacement?
- KrafteeLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sure. Some patients travel to have their surgery and fly home shortly afterwards so you should be ok flying at 14 wks. It may not be the most comfortable trip you've ever taken but it can be safe IF you prepare ahead of time and take a couple of precautions. If your flight is longer than an hour or so, prepare to get up and walk around every hour. Do your ankle pumps like you did in physical therapy. This is to prevent you from getting DVT [deep vein thrombosis] which can be painful (and even fatal if a clot goes from your leg to your lungs). To make it easier to get up frequently, ask for an aisle seat. You might also want to wear your anti-embolism stockings (if you were given these to wear after surgery). If you have none, you might consider buying a pair of knee-high support stockings. I still wear them on long flights even though my hip replacements are 5 years old. And, yes, I still do ankle pumps and try to at least stand up every hour or so.
Of course it never hurts to ask for your surgeon's advice if you are uneasy with flying at this stage in your recovery.Source(s): Have had both hips replaced.
- GeorgieLv 71 decade ago
I'm with sneezy on this one.
Consult your doctor and surgeon, as they have your medical history, and now exactly what and how the op was done.
Is insure that the airline flight crew know you have had hip surgery in the last few months, before trying to board. They will then ensure you not jostled or pushed while boarding and alighting the plane.
Good luck & happy travels
- BITBostonLv 51 decade ago
It depends on what kind of hip replacement. Is there cement, sillicon, metal, electrical implants in you? Have you seen a PT after surgery. Remember good surgery requires good rehab. Consult with your PCP and the PT in charge of your rehab if it's safeSource(s): ATS
- laurel gLv 61 decade ago
Just use the plane, and you will be fine. Do NOT, however, go scuba diving. THAT takes up to 6 months after surgery. The nitrogen in your system goes haywire, and can cause you to cramp up and drowned.Source(s): counselor
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
You should consult with your surgeon, but you should be fine. Good Luck
- leighaLv 51 decade ago
its 6 months isnt it