When can I travel after surgery?

After hip and knee replacement surgery, there is always concern about traveling. Traveling in a car can typically occur as early as two to three weeks after surgery. I do ask that when you are traveling you continue to perform ankle pumps as well as get out of the car every 45 minutes to an hour and walk. This will prevent the pulling of blood in your legs and the possibility of a blood clot. Other patients choose to fly after surgery. I do ask you wait three weeks, as this is the time it takes for the risk of blood clots to drop significantly. If you do fly, I ask that you wearing your stockings and perform ankle pumps during the flight. However, if the seatbelt sign goes off, please get up and walk the isle of the plane. This will help prevent pulling of the blood in your legs and blood clots.


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