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Forum Name: Joint surgery

Question: Hip Replacement and flying


 fniles - Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:42 am

How long after hip replacement surgery can one fly for 1.5 hours ? The ortho surgeon that I talked to told me after 2 weeks it should be ok since it is a short flight. Would you please confirm this ? Thank you.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sat Jul 02, 2005 7:05 am

User avatar Hi fniles,
Generally speaking (not to disagree with the advice of your physician) the recommended amount of time is approximately 4 weeks after your surgery (when you are comfortable in the sitting position.) The concern about flights and othropedic surgery of this type is the risk of blood clots forming in the leg as a complication. When you do embark on your trip be sure to exercise your calf.
Sincerely,
Rntdj

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