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Do I have to wait to travel after a tummy tuck?
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Dr. Eric Chang
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Probably
Tummy tuck is a major surgical operation.
You'll want to be nearby your surgeon. Also, you'll probably be sore for a few weeks after surgery.

In brief: Probably
Tummy tuck is a major surgical operation.
You'll want to be nearby your surgeon. Also, you'll probably be sore for a few weeks after surgery.
Dr. Eric Chang
Dr. Eric Chang
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Dr. Timothy King
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
You need to give your body time to heal after a tummy tuck prior to traveling.
During your consultation with your board certified plastic surgeon you should ask her/him what your travel restrictions will be after surgery.

In brief: Yes
You need to give your body time to heal after a tummy tuck prior to traveling.
During your consultation with your board certified plastic surgeon you should ask her/him what your travel restrictions will be after surgery.
Dr. Timothy King
Dr. Timothy King
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes.
Preferably you should stay close to your surgeon's office for a week or two minimum if everything goes well for the average case.
I certainly would not go to any remote areas within a month or two of surgery to minimize the potential of needing assistance and not being able to get it. Patients do not always need urgent help this far out but occasionally some do.

In brief: Yes.
Preferably you should stay close to your surgeon's office for a week or two minimum if everything goes well for the average case.
I certainly would not go to any remote areas within a month or two of surgery to minimize the potential of needing assistance and not being able to get it. Patients do not always need urgent help this far out but occasionally some do.
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Travel after tummy
It is typically best if you can arrange to remain in close proximity to your plastic surgeon for two weeks following surgery.
Most early complications, which are fortunately rare, such as bleeding, infection or clotting will typically occur within this time period.

In brief: Travel after tummy
It is typically best if you can arrange to remain in close proximity to your plastic surgeon for two weeks following surgery.
Most early complications, which are fortunately rare, such as bleeding, infection or clotting will typically occur within this time period.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Travel time
Since there is no "one-size-fits'all" approach to surgery, if you are planning travel after surgery, it is best to ask your surgeon what his or her comfort level is regarding when to allow you to travel.

In brief: Travel time
Since there is no "one-size-fits'all" approach to surgery, if you are planning travel after surgery, it is best to ask your surgeon what his or her comfort level is regarding when to allow you to travel.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes
It depends of course on the nature of the travel (car ride vs plane trip) but it is always a good idea to wait a minimum af 5-7 days.
You want to make sure there are no complications and that your pain is under control. There are other risks to long travel after major surgery which you should discuss with your surgeon.

In brief: Yes
It depends of course on the nature of the travel (car ride vs plane trip) but it is always a good idea to wait a minimum af 5-7 days.
You want to make sure there are no complications and that your pain is under control. There are other risks to long travel after major surgery which you should discuss with your surgeon.
Dr. Richard Baxter
Dr. Richard Baxter
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