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A 48-year-old member asked:

After femoral artery leg bypass surgery, how long before you can fly on a plane?

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Dr. Robert Vorhies
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Depends, of course: Open bypass surgery usually requires 2-3 days in the hospital to regain adequate activity to go home, then again a slow return to regular activity in 2-4 weeks. Air travel should be ok within 2 weeks after surgery, depending on one's activity level.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Soon: Preferably when pain, and swelling are gone. Sitting scrunched up is not ideal . Remember to walk about and stretch and flex and extend. If you we're given support stockings you may wish to use.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Following femoral artery leg bypass surgery, how long before you can fly?

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
It depends: ... Mostly on how you are doing. If you can walk, sit, and move around, and if your wound is healing well, you should be able to fly after your discharge from the hospital.
A 35-year-old member asked:

For how long is the recovery from femoral artery(leg) bypass surgery?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Varies: Depends on your condition going in and the type of surgery performed, but assume 4-6 weeks for complete recovery.

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