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  1. #1
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    Flying

    Hi Everyone,

    Just wondering i will be having surgery on May 28th and i thinking of going away over christmas just wondering if ill be ok to go on a plane flight???

    Can anyone tell me when its usually ok to travel on a plane?

    Thanks....

    Lee
    Had surgery May 28th 2007 Anterior/Posterior getting fused from T3 - L3

    http://curvedgirl.blogspot.com

  2. #2
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    Hi Lee,

    Of course, we all are different, but I don't see a problem with you traveling in December.

    Make your plans, and look forward to it, you'll know ahead of time if you think you can make the trip.

    Shari

  3. #3
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    Hi Lee,

    I'm having my surgery just a few days after you and will also be flying in December. My surgeon said it shouldn't be a problem. Of course, the flight I'm taking is only a couple hours long.

    How are you feeling? I'm going to make my blood donation appointments this morning. Eekk

    Best,
    Anya
    "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

    Previously 55 degree thoracolumbar curve
    Surgery June 5, 2007 - Dr. Clifford Tribus, University of Wisconsin Hospital
    19 degrees post-op!

    http://abhbarry.blogspot.com

  4. #4
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    Lee,
    I had surgery Jan 3rd and I was on a plane on March 17th! I just made sure I took a pain pill before the flight and asked for extra pillows. It was fine...
    Lesly

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    Thanks guys....

    Anya - Yeah im feeling ok i think im stressing a little but since i've been experiencing headaches again. I see my specialist on 4th may for my last appt before my op. My total of my surgery came today which isn't too bad thank god i have private health insurance....
    I don't have to give blood for some reason!!!!!

    Hope your feeling ok???

    Luv Lee
    Had surgery May 28th 2007 Anterior/Posterior getting fused from T3 - L3

    http://curvedgirl.blogspot.com

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    Hi

    I had the surgery in February and flew to Czech Republic in the July (I am in the UK). Late August, I flew to China (about 12 hours). To be fair, I wasn't exactly comfortable on either flight and my surgeon wasn't very keen but I did it all the same.

    I think you'll be fine by December.

    Good luck!
    Double 63(T)/75(L) deg curve with big sideways shift - Surgery in UK on 8th February 2006.
    Post op 30(T)/33(L)
    http://warpedwoman.blogspot.com/

  7. #7
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    Hi Lee. I had my surgery on June 30th last year and was on a plane to the sunshine coast in October. Not a problem at all. I am flying to London on the 30th June this year to celebrate my one year anniversary so it will definately test it on the long haul flight. I did make the metal detectors go off though and now have a certificate from my dr to carry with me to explain the metal reaction at all times. This does not happen with everyone. He said it is probably because he used some heavy duty screws. May 28th hey, wow thats coming up quick!
    Katie

  8. #8
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    I flew from the East Coast to the West Coast (about 6 hours each flight) when I was 5 months post-op and had no problems. I made sure to get up every 30-45 mins and walk around the plane. I also carried a small pillow with me that I could tuck behind my back for added comfort when sitting (it was larger than those little ones they give you on the plane).

  9. #9
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    I am flying from New York to Germany in June...

    If popping a pain killer before the flight would be beneficial, what should I do if pain killers make me nauscious? I experience the worst side effects ever with pain killers being that I weigh under 100 pounds and the dosage is probably for average-sized adults.

    My surgeon prescribed 50 mg of Ultram... I have not tried it yet since I am too afraid to re-experience symptoms of "overdose".

    Any other recommendations?

    Pain killers... Pillows for comfort...
    Sandy
    23 year old female, Analyst, Maryland
    Diagnosed with scoliosis at age 11; wore the same brace for 3 years and never saw a doctor again until age 23
    65 degree curve reduced to 28 degree after surgery
    Posterior spinal fusion (T-2 to L-2) with segmental instrumentation and iliac crest graft surgery, December 4, 2006
    Dr. John Stinson, The Orthopaedic Center, Rockville, Maryland

  10. #10
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    I also get nauseous and very irritable from pain killers. Thankfully, I was completely off of them within 7 weeks of surgery so I didn't take any for my cross country flight at 5 months post-op. I just brought my own squishy pillow for my back (http://www.abackrubco.com/index.asp?...OD&ProdID=139), used an airline pillow for my head and I got up and walked around the plane every so often. I hope you have a great trip!

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