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

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Dr. Brian Chimenti
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