Air travel after TKR's

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Hi folks. It's been 16 weeks since my bilateral TKR's on Mar 21. I have travelled for a fee hours by car and paid a price of stiffness, pain and it took me a couple of days to improve. Now my Asia flight looms and I would love tips on how to cope on a 8.5 hr flight. I do not drink booze. I know to drink water snd walk around but I would love to hear from others who have flown within 6 months of a TKR and how they coped. Tks x

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    Site mucking around you make get this more than once this is my second attempt If you are in the Uk have you asked for airport asitance to the steps of the plane they wish you through and you don't have to stand around which takes it toll also if it's not to late can you get extra leg room if so pillows to lift your leg to hip height is the very best it's the hanging down that causes the pain bit hard to take a pillow maybe worth looking on Amazon for inflatables and of course take little walks maybe worth asking your do. If you should wear flight socks if he can't provide I think you can buy at airport

    Hope I haven't said stuff you know about have a fantastic trip ooo in flight have a plastic bag with you I'm sure they'll have ice they can let you have which will also help C

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      Hi chris. Tks for your tips. I will travel with my stick for support so this ensures I get some assistance usually. I have an extra legroom seat and the bag for ice is a great idea. Tks again!
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    Hi I had right Tkr 24/2 and went away 31/5 with a 9 hour flight Booked extra leg room which was great and chose an aisle seat so I could stretch my leg out I also used my cane as you never know how far away your gate is and also people are more understanding especially when using stairs. I still suffer with a lot of swelling and stiffness so the cane still helps. I too used my clear bag as an ice pack I took a couple of aspirin pre flight and wore flight socks. Got up and walked around every hour or so All was fine and holiday was great - plenty of hydrotherapy ! Enjoy
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    Hi.  I flew at week 7 post op & have flown 5 hours each month since then.  Bilateral...WOW!  You can call the airlines & book a cart to take you to the gate and have a cart or wheel chair pick you up to take you to baggage claim.  I'd call ASAP to book that both ways.  I upgraded so I was in the first row & could keep my leg elevated.  I also iced twice on the flight & the stewardess was more than happy to make ice packs.  Take your meds to help with the pain & swelling.  Have a great trip!

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    That's about the only things that I can think of other than the support hose. ((white surgical over the calf). They can help with circulation. Be sure and start your hydration process.at least 24 hrs befoe flight time. Its not going to be a the most pleasant trip you ever took but with walking the aisles every hour you can cut down a lot of discomfort. Enjoy your trip and try not to worry about what might be. One thing to try and time, bathroom Trips. With the extra hydration try and watch for short lines availability. We had one of those touchy situations on a trip back to the States from Amsterdam. A lady apparently was very dehydrated and was in long line to the bathroom. When she finally got very close to her turn she passed out right in front of the door. The guy in the lavatory couldn't get out and no one could get arond her. They had to get her back on her feet to get the line moving. Lots of very uncomfortable people in line and one very embarrassed lady that rec a lot of unwanted attention the rest of the trip.

    Wish I could offer you more. Others on here will be of more help, I'm sure.

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    Hi Lynn,

    I too had a bilateral TKR in March 2015. I agree with everyone's advice regarding getting a seat on the aisle and one with more leg room. I flew at 10 and 12 weeks...and I know the stiffness early on...no fun. I needed a w/c to make my gate. But by 6 mo I was zipping independently through the airport. So it's not forever. Get up often on the plane. Also, my mad recommended taking a baby aspirin starting a few days before and a few days after the flight . By the way my flight was 6 hours.

    Good luck....just takes time.

    Take care

    Joyce

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    Thank you all for the great information. I didn't think about many of the tips and I am very grateful to you folks for replying. I met a guy this morning, on my puppy walk. He was my age and said he had NO pain at all from his TKR in Feb 2016. I told him he was unique and that he should be very grateful. That there are thousands of people, all over the world who are still suffering pain. Some folks are so fortunate.

    Every day I am improving and I remain hopeful of a complete recovery. Travel is a big part of my life and your help is very much appreciated! Xx

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