International flight after spontaneous pneumothorax

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I had a spontaneous pneumothorax in March of 2016 on my left lung. I had to get a chest tube put in and been fine since then (knock on wood). I want to travel out of the country but am a little nervous. I got a CT done and the lungs seem fine my primary care doctor is a leaving it upon me. I am seeing a specialist soon but curious to see if anybody has traveled out of the country on an international flight and how they did. I did have some scarred tissue but it could be from the chest tube that was inserted. Also, did anybody feel any pressure at take off or landing.

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    hi , a few years back my son had a collapse in the APRIL , he got drain and was in hospital for 2 weeks . That october we flew 14 hours to san francisco . we were all very nervous . luckily he was great on going flight and return .

    But 6 weeks after returning he had bilateral collapses . He ended up with 3 operations between December and January .

    I dont think the flight caused it .

    Since operations hes also had 8 hour flights and been great .

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      I had a collapse on my left side in April of 2016 and took a ~6 or 7 hour flight 2 months after and was fine and have not since had any problems with either of my lungs. At takeoff i was nervous because I was scared of a collapse at takeoff but the only thing i felt was a little bit of pressure and that was it. I took another flight 5 months ago and again was nervous about my lung but this time didn't even feel pressure. I would say you are going to be fine but ultimately it is up to how you feel.

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      Thank you . He felt nothing , just nervous incase anything happened. He wasnt allowed to fly for 12 weeks after his collapses , and the same after his surgeries . It was 6 months after his first collapse before i had confidence to take him on a plane . Few months later we faced the 3 operations and we waited a year and a half before next flights .

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      Thank You for responding. I am glad you are doing OK. I am awaiting to see the specialist to get a second opinion. Hopefully he says it's OK. Do you know anybody else that was OK traveling after what we been through?

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