Is it Safe to Travel After Surgery? Dr Honolulu on 16 Dec 2019
Many women these days have found that they prefer the work or reputation of a doctor that may be outside their local area. There are others that have had work done for a special occasion, such as the holidays, or a class reunion, and they may be planning to travel right after the surgery is completed, such as the woman who planned a trip to Honolulu breast augmentation included. There is even a trend emerging now where women are going abroad just to get cosmetic surgeries performed. However, this all leads to a greater concern. How do you if it is safe to travel after surgery?
How do you Intend to Travel?
You may not have any travel restrictions at all if you are riding on a bus or train. And, if you are driving in a car, you should be fine. The only real issues you will have will be with sitting down too long. As long as you get out a bit and try to remain active every couple of hours, you will prevent what is called “deep vein thrombosis,” or DVT, from forming.
DVT is a condition that can develop after surgery. This because your body works extra hard to clot after a procedure. It does this to protect injured tissues and prevent bleeding, but sometimes larger clots can form in the legs, break apart, and travel up to the brain, causing a stroke, or to the heart, causing a pulmonary embolism or heart attack.
Why is Flying More Risky?
Traveling by plane is usually considered more of a risk because you are stuck sitting for hours at a time without a break and without stretching. This means there is a much higher risk of developing DVT, and the possibility of suffering a stroke or an embolism. Add to that the lack of fluids and humidity, and you have a recipe for disaster.
That is why many doctors suggest that you stay in the area for a while and recover slowly rather than risk flying on a plane. Of course, this may put a glitch in your plans if you are abroad and have no choice but to fly, but its better to be safe than sorry.
What do Doctors Think?
Usually, doctors recommend that you stay in the area for 24 to 48 hours following
minor cosmetic surgery. This includes all small surgeries, particularly if they are above the waist. However, tummy tucks and breast augmentations, considered major surgeries, require up to seven days of rest and healing before travel is attempted.
If you have any questions or doubts, it is always best to take up such concerns with your plastic surgeon. Don’t forget, following his or her aftercare instructions is the best thing that you can do to keep healthy and safe. You should also always check in with him or her before you plan to fly anywhere, however, the doctor may also want you to stay close to the office in case there are complications.
In Honolulu breast augmentation doctors take these issues seriously. At the Honolulu Plastic Surgery Center, our surgeons provide the mommy makeovers Honolulu patients need and the breast augmentation Honolulu residents desire. If you are concerned about traveling after surgery, give us a call to discuss your options.
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