Been told cannot have 2nd TKR until 6 weeks after flying

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Had my first TKR February 2016 and now hoping to have my other knee done. I had pre op  assesment today and was told they cannot do surgery for 6 weeks after a long haul flight which is already booked.

Anyone any experience of this please?

I know about flying post op but never come across this pre-op  clinical guideline before.


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    Yes, I was told this.  When the consultant asked me if I would accept a cancellation at short notice, I said no as I had a holiday booked.  He said I should not fly just before the operation (I can’t remember if it was 6 weeks) but as I was only going to the Isle of Wight it was not a problem.
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    I thi k it could be to ensure that you haven't developed any blood clots after the long haul flight. I had to wear compression stockings for 6 weeks after my TKR for same reason.

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