Can I Fly After Hernia Surgery

Can I fly after hernia surgery? For those who may not fly often, this could appear to be an odd question. For those who do fly often, it’s a very good question to ask! There are dangers associated with taking a plane ride or even a road trip if you don’t take the proper precautions after surgery. 

At General and Vascular Surgery, we specialize in answering all of your questions, especially those that have to do with producing positive recovery outcomes. Whether you are a frequent flyer, rugged road tripper, or simply travel once in a blue moon, find out exactly what you need to know about flying after a laparoscopic surgery or an open hernia repair. 

Wondering How Soon Can You Fly After Open Hernia Surgery?

A man wearing running shoes wears white compression socks to guard against blood clots.Whether you’re considering flying after a laparoscopic surgery or taking a long car ride following an open hernia repair, it’s important to seek guidance from your surgeon

One of the most concerning issues associated with flying, in particular, is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is the result of a blood clot that typically begins in the leg or thigh. The clot occurs when the blood ceases to flow and coagulates. The ultimate danger associated with DVT is the risk of the blood clot traveling to the lungs. When this happens, a pulmonary embolism occurs which is extremely dangerous and can even be fatal. 

Although some guidelines say that flying is okay after 24 hours following laparoscopic surgery, to reduce the risk of DVT, it’s best to wait between four to six weeks. 

How to Travel Safely After Hernia Surgery 

Again, it’s always best to consult with your surgeon before planning any travel after surgery. Generally, however, the following tips are suggested when your surgeon clears you for travel by air: 

  • Stand, stretch, and walk as much as possible — this is particularly vital for flights longer than six hours.
  • Wear compression stockings to prevent blood from pooling in the legs.
  • Drink as much water as possible to remain hydrated.

Expert and compassionate GVS hernia surgeons are known for their knowledge and passion for educating patients. For more precautions after hernia surgery and tips for safe travel, call us any time at 574-236-1888. Or, request a visit now.

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