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A 49-year-old member asked:

i need to fly a week after spinal surgery (discetomy). am i at serious risk?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Serious no, but.: But your surgeon will not want you to sit straight up for a period after the operation for fear of re-rupturing the disk. Please check with your surgeon as to when they feel it is safe to fly.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
no: It is not so much that you are at serious risk by flying in a plane even immediately after having surgery, but it is just that the prolonged sitting, standing, walking may increase your soreness beyond what a typical patient may experince if they are able to take it easy after surgery. Thank you.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Fly: Talk to your doctor about the risks for deep venous thrombosis. Flying as well as major surgery can both put you at risk for blood clots.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How soon after spinal surgery (discetomy) can I fly?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Immediately: Minimally invasive discectomy allows the mass majority of patients to go home the same day of surgery. There is no contraindications to flying within the 1st 24 hours. As an antidote, a patient of mine underwent a mis discectomy and flew to hawaii that evening for vacation.

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