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Can You Fly After Surgery For A Spontaneous Pneumothorax
Eventually: It is important you communicate with your surgeon. He/she will provide you with post-operative instructions including encouraged activities and any limitations. Depending on the extent of surgery and how things go after surgery, your doctor will give you instructions to assure your safety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If well healed: Barotrauma from scuba or skydiving at high altitude could put a person at risk for spontaneous pneumothorax but since airline cabins are pressurized, a routine airline flight should not induce barotrauma. If previous pneumothorax has been treated without complication routine air travel is ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: People recover at different rates. One person may leave the hospital in just a few days whereas another may be in the hospital for weeks. When you can resume normal activities including flying in a plane depends on whether there are complications. So there is no one answer to this question. The surgeon and cardiologist will advise you depending on how quickly you recover. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i return to volleyball after suffering a spontaneous pneumothorax ?My pneumothorax happened during sleep, so sport is not a major cause?
Yes: But be cautious. Any symptom similar to those your experienced during the first pneumothorax, then you should seek emergent medical care. A repeat pneumothorax should prompt a surgical procedure to prevent this problem so that you can resume your normal life and volleyball. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Patients should discuss their specific circumstances with their physician. It depends on the cause and/or associated abnormality/disease of a patient's lung. Pneumothorax may be caused by chest trauma or from abnormalities in the lung tissue itself. Sometimes, it is recommended that surgery be performed to remove abnormal areas of lung tissue. Discuss with thoracic surgeon. ...Read more
No rule for flight: although there is no specific rule for when you can fly after most hernia surgeries, It makes sense to wait 1-2 weeks if having substantial pain after surgery or you are high risk for complications. If you had laparoscopic surgery it is often recommended you wait about 24 hours to let the Air introduced in to your abdomen completely otherwise it could cause increased pain due to pressure changes ...Read more
Variable: If the popliteal aneurysm was thrombosed (completely blocked, causing loss of blood flow to the foot), recovery can be very prolonged (several weeks to months), compared with a relatively short recovery after an elective repair (several days to weeks). Recovery also depends a lot on other factors (open vs endovascular repair, wound healing issues, heart or lung problems, level of fitness prior). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long after a vitrectomy for a traumatic macula hole can you smoke marijuana? If i were to smoke a week after surgery what would happen?
Nothing: Most likely this would not affect your surgery or outcome. ...Read more
Absolutely.: Even if you're currently on warfarin and being treated for a pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis, flying on a commercial plane should not be an issue. Unless you're talking about being a "stunt pilot" or a "test pilot, " then i'd suggest you probably wait until you're off warfarin or consider other pulmonary embolism prophylaxis, such as a caval filter. ...Read more
How soon after arthroscopic surgery to clean up femoroacetabular impingement will I be able to fly non stop for 9-10 hours on a plane as a passenger?
Check with surgeon: You need to check with your surgeon's office for details concerning your specific case. In general, we prefer our post surgical patients to avoid air travel of greater than 1.5 hours for at least 10-14 days. No sound evidence one way or another on this issue. Goal is to avoid placing the postop patient in an environment where limited motion could lead to a DVT (leg clot). ...Read more
Diving AND Pneumotho: For each 10 m. you dive the body pressure increases by one atmosphere. In apnea people has reached 70 m. therefore to huge pressures. Constantly equilibrium of the pharynx, middle ear and lungs is required, by doing valsalva maneuvers. On the way up do the opposite. This is for superhumans. If you have a pneumothorax you cannot dive. Have a pulmonologist to assess the lungs, MRI for blebs. 100% cured. If you have cysts, you should not diveand mu ...Read more
At least a month: Depends what sports you are talking about. I would be careful about serious contact sports ever. You still have a risk of ptx on the other side scuba diving is out as is skydiving. Recreational sports, tennis, baseball, soccer, etc are ok once your incisions have healed. ...Read more
Varies by surgery: All major surgeries have risk of blood clots called DVTs of the pelvis or legs.DVTs can then have a risk of dislodging & traveling to the lungs (i.e. PE). The more major the surgery, the longer the surgery, & the longer the period of immobility after surgery, the higher the chances. Major orthopedic surgery / general surgery / OB-GYN surgery are highest risk. Can happen w/i hours, days, or weeks. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends on work: Limitations that might prevent one from returning to work are related to post-operative pain or pain medications, e.g. No driving while on pain medications or if having significant pain; no heavy lifting, no straining or strenuous activity. Usually, one may return if one may return to work sooner if desk job, but later if physical work. Also sooner if latissimus and/or serratus muscles wre spared. ...Read more
48 hours if you can: It is best to wait at least 48 hours if you can because of unpredicible bleeding and cramping. You would be wise to remain close to medical help in the unlikely scenario you might need it. There is also a very rare chance of blood clot risk right after any surgical procedure and air flight may raise that risk ever so slightly. Rest, hydrate, and move the air flight two days ahead if possible. ...Read more
Too little info...: The answer depends on many variables, i.e. The success of the surgery, complications, cardiovascular status, presence of a respirator, the individual's previous respiratory status and reserve, type of organism and speed with which it is recognized and treated, etc. Need a lot more information and would refer you to the treating physician. ...Read more
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