Air travel 10 days after surgery

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Daughter wants me to travel 10 days after surgery from Vegas to Indianapolis for her wedding.

I don't think it is reasonable. Am I being selfish ?

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    I think that sacrifice will be worth it. Ain’t nothing like having your mom at your wedding. I traveled shortly after my tkr last year and I was ok.
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    What does your surgeon and insurance company advise? I've had to look it up for distance and it's a 4 hour flight. That's quite a long time to be sitting still at 10 days post op. You will be at a higher risk of developing a DVT so I would really get medical advise. Personally I think it's too soon X 

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    AT 10 days post op you are still very much in the worst of the pain from the surgery. I wouldn’t travel until the knee becomes somewhat tolerable. The first month is the worst.
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    No. I doubt if docs would even consider allowing it. Stitches won't be out, elevated DVT potential and you couldnt handle the pain of airport related movement. I have a rare tumor that blew up and had a lot of swelling. A few days later, not knowing what my problem was, I had to go from KC to ChicAgo for a one day plus overnight. I was hoping the plane would crash just to get me out of my misery and that wasn't close to the tkr pain.

    Just tell her to take a laptop and install Skype or one of the live stream apps.give her the money instead of buying the plane ticket.

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    Yes, of course she wants that. However I am sure she wouldn't want you to suffer DVT either! Or a pulmonary embolism!

    What do Your health professionals advise?

    Give her information on the risks and decide for yourself. It's bad timing but I wouldn't risk it personally.

    There is Skype, and all kinds of technology which mean you can share in the day somehow.

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    I love my daughters with all my heart but I wouldn't have attempted it because of the chance of a DVT.  

     

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    Was thinking a lot about this since our son was recently married...

    Could you travel by TRAIN? That would allow you to move around freely as needed and would eliminate issues associated with air travel.

    Just a thought...

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      That's a 1500 -1700 mi trip with at least 2 train changes. Almost 2 days each way. I'm sure the Dr s wouldn't allow that. Our train accommodations aren't as efficient in the US as Europe. Car and air travel and long distances have driven trains out of business. That's about 1/2 way across the country.

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    I don't think for a minute your surgeon would let you fly. To be honest it'll be far too much for you to undertake 10 days after surgery? What about your stitches as well, they won't even be out.

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    I've had a knee replacement two years ago and due for another one next month You certainly will not be fit enough to travel any distance apart from that you might have to attend your Physiotherapy department. I live in UK our travel insurance for a flight isn't covered and Doctors do not recommend a fight for six months. You need to keep your knee up to hip level when resting and beware of blood clots if flying. I wouldn't be very comfortable travelling any distance 10 days after surgery 

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    This is a tough one.  It's your daughter...that's big...but 10 days post-op??? Plus that's a long plane ride.

    This just my individual opinion...  I grew up in the 50's in Brooklyn, NY, Italian Catholic, family was everything...  For me, I'd find a way to go.  That includes a wheelchair full time.  Plus, take your meds so you are unconscious on the plane.  Sitting on a plane for that long is going to be painful with no way to elevate.  Get an ice bag at the pharmacy and have the flight attendants keep it full...but really medicate for the trip.

    At the reception, find a way to elevate your leg on another chair...keep the ice on...stay on your med schedule.  When you're exhausted, LEAVE!!!  Get to the hotel and go to bed.  Repeat on the way home.

    At 10 days, this is really not recommended...but it's your daughter.  When you show up, she should kiss your feet!!!  If you go, you are making a HUGE sacrifice.  It had better be appreciated.

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      Much better to be safe than sorry Surely this daughter isn't thinking of the dangers of travelling so soon after an operation Blood clots infections not to mention the pain. You brilliant message spells it all out Hope she decides to stay safely at home x

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    Just asking, was the wedding booked already for this date or is it sprung on you? Only asking because we had our honeymoon booked after seeing the surgeon and my pre assessment op. I was able to tell them when I wasn't available for the op so they booked me in 2 weeks after x

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