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Hello everyone. I'm 5 months and 5 weeks respectively post tkrs. I need to go visit my elderly parents in NH traveling by plane. I'm doing great with my first knee, 130 degree bend, 0 extension and pain free. Just a little stiff getting up.

My second knee is doing well with 121 degree bend and 0 extension. I still have muscle pain which I take pain meds for, usually 1 a day. I'm off the cane inside but would use it in an airport.

I would like to go next week. Could anyone who has traveled within a couple of months post-op give me advice?

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    Hi Deborah

    Be very careful - I think you are only allowed to fly after 3 months both from an insurance and an airline perspective.  I may be wrong but they cancelled my op because I was going to fly 2 months and 3 weeks after it.

    Angela

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    I need to travel long haul asap but was waiting for 4 months post op.

    5 weeks sounds a bit too soon?

     

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    Extra time getting through the TSA maze is 1st. Don't bother with letters from the Dr's etc, they will still move you to one side so they can use the wand. I've had to spend anywhere from 5 to 20 mins getting through depending on the number of suspicious people like me are in line. I don't know how may hours your flight entails but you should try and walk the aisle every hour or so. Even the white post surgery hose might not be a bad idea. Big thing is DVD and avoiding anything that might suggest putting you at risk for blood clotting.
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    I would suggest a wheelchair from airport entrance to plane. Bulkhead seat and wheelchair from plane back to exit. Ice and vicadin.

    Good luck and have fun.

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    Sorry,, I didn't see the 5 weeks. That's really awfully soon got be flying. Have you checked this out with your surgeon. I wasn't allowed to fly until much after that. If you are going to do It y ou are going to need wheelchair and ice packs. Be sure your in-flight crew know of your situation.....good luck
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      Officially its 3 months or 4 months? I need to book a ticket to Mauritius asap but will leave until 6 weeks post op. Is this reasonable do you think? And would you aim for 3 or 4 months?

      Apologies to Deborah for butting in!

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      I would sure talk to thevsurgeons and get their opinions. I was never allowed to fly that soon even after a synovectomy. Age may be a determining factor as I was older. The chance of blood clots goes up exponentially after surgery and of course that can be very, very dangerous. Just get all the professional opinions you can.
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      Thanks. No I meant I would be going around late June early July which is over 4 months post op but I was wondering if it would be safe to book the ticket around 6 weeks post op after the surgeons follow up as the price and availablity of the tickets goes up the longer I leave it. I would probably be travelling business class so flat bed and easy to move around as its aisle seat.

      Thanks!

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    My surgeon cleared me to fly at my check up last week. Of course that doesn't mean he knows how it feels. Will take everyone's advice, hose, ice, pain meds, and wheelchair. OFG, I have 2, hour and a half flights with a two hour layover. I might take a zip lock bag and get some ice from the restaurant I go to for lunch. Thanks for everyone's help!
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      Those lengths of flights are about right. try keeping the leg elevated as much as possible during the lay over. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to Rest when you reach your destination as you will be exhausted. Hope they dontvhave a heavy schedule of getting caught up with lots of family shortly after arrival. What airport will be your laying point. Understand the weather is absolutely brutal in the N.E. Hope it improves before you get there
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    Hi Deborah

    I am a little confused by which country is involved in the flights.  If it is the UK you really should check your travel insurance and the airline.  Yes, you should get your surgeon's advice as well but the other two are crucial.

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