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how soon after surgery were you able to travel by plane? i’m 6 weeks out and o have a trip planned in February. just wondering what everyone else experienced

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while i haven't flown i do know flights dehydrate you so plan to have TONS of Water.

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I'm sure it all depends on the length of the flight. Many people fly home from their surgery in Mexico after a few days.

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At 4 weeks no restrictions at all. I don’t think any restrictions were on for flying.

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I live in Japan and had my surgery in Mexico, so flew home about a week after the flight (I could have gone sooner, I just added a few extra days for my own piece of mind). That's Tijuana to San Diego (car), train to LAX, flight to Seoul, then to Japan. To be fair, I did book a business class ticket for my flight back because I knew I wanted to lie down for the long-haul flight. Three weeks later, I was on another long-haul flight (economy like usual) to Germany. For both I wore compression stockings (which is standard for me now anyway). All was fine.

The worst part of flying after surgery was not being able to eat or drink any of the much better offerings in business class, but they did come by to refill my Water and Blender Bottle (for Protein drinks) every so often, and they did help me with my bag since it was too heavy for me to lift above my head post-op.

Unless your doctor has any concerns I think you don't have to worry about flights at all.

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you shouldn't have any problems.

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I had my sleeve surgery out of state. Long story/insurance reasons. So, I flew 2 days after surgery. It was sort of miserable. All that jostling around by the plane was painful and I had no medications to help. The change in altitude did nothing to help the gas pains I was already feeling, so again it was kind of miserable. I also drove home from the airport.

On the bright side, I think it helped resolve the gas pains because only had them for maybe 1 more day.

If you're at 6 weeks now and you're not scheduled for your trip for another 3+ months, you should be fine.

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