Travelling after surgery? Here's what you need to know - Intentional Travelers

06 Mar Travelling after surgery? Here’s what you need to know

Your ability to fly will be affected if you’ve recently had surgery – especially bowel, chest or brain surgery. For most procedures, you should be waiting between two and six weeks post-op before flying. For heart or chest surgery, you won’t be able to fly for at least eight to ten weeks.

But even once you’ve got medical clearance, you could still experience problems travelling. To reduce the risks, we’ve gathered some top tips for travelling after surgery. Check them out:

1. Avoid blood clots

To reduce the risks associated with flying for long periods, InsuranceWith suggest the following in their medical guide:

  • Check in early to guarantee a seat with extra legroom (you may need to pay extra for this privilege)
  • Ensure to stretch your legs often and keep blood circulating
  • Walk up and down the aisle regularly
  • Don’t wear tight clothing
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and instead, keep hydrated with water

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2. Research your location

Your destination should be convenient, close to amenities and relaxing. You shouldn’t put your body under too much strain after surgery. That means adventure holidays are off the table. Similarly, avoid anywhere hilly or at high altitude, as well as places with extreme temperatures as they will put extra strain on your heart. Give your body time to relax by booking a peaceful holiday.

3. Research your country’s medical facilities

Unfortunately, there’s more research you should do. Look into foreign medical services and find out how you would be treated and what you’d need to do to get medical help in the destinations you’re interested in. When you’re abroad, you’ll fall under different regulation and it can be stressful if you don’t know what to expect should you fall ill – especially when you don’t speak the local language.

If you’d be interested in having access to healthcare providers vetted by a top authority, you can become a member of The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) for free.

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4. Make things easier for yourself

Don’t put yourself under unnecessarily pressure or stress. For example, give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, rather than rushing around. Also, book transport to your accommodation ahead of time. It’s one less thing to worry about.

5. Don’t be afraid to tell people

Let flight attendants know about your recent surgery, and tell hotel staff you might have some additional requests. Most people will be more than happy to help if you’ve explained the situation to them clearly. Remember – you’re not being demanding, but people can’t be accommodating if you don’t inform them. For example, you might be able to get help with your luggage or use of a wheelchair at the airport or hotel.

Have you travelled after surgery? Share your tips with us.

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