I'm flying to Cancun from Canada to have a tummy tuck and lypo on my thighs on June 1st. I'm flying home on June 9th. Is this safe? Is there an increased risk of clots developing if I fly as planned on these dates? Any advice welcome.
Flying Soon After Tummy Tuck & Lipo?
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- The chief concern of air travel following operative procedures is the increased risk of deep venous thrombosis in the lower legs, which can potentially result in pulmonary embolism. Abdominoplasty is an operation of greater magnitude than liposuction. I would think a patient that had liposuction of her waist and torso, could probably fly 2 weeks after surgery without a great deal of concern. Liposuction of the lower legs would probably require a four week wait. After a tummy tuck, I think probably a minimum of 4 weeks would be a reasonable time, and of course patients in air travel would need to wear compressive antiembolism stockings on the lower extremities and get up and move around the cabin.
Flying Soon After Tummy Tuck & Lipo?
I get calls several times a year, as do all my friends, from some patient unknown to me who had surgery overseas and now has a major complication and they want the complication cared for. This varies from hematomas to seromas, dead skin, dead belly button, chronic pain, bad scars, and the frequent one which is infection. The answer almost all of us give is "No". A significant part of a surgery fee is for knowing how to avoid complications, knowing how to care for ones that occur, and for being available for any and all followup and care that is necessary. If you have any complication or even questions that require an exam, be prepared for multiple further flights back and forth to Cancun. You have hundreds of excellent, skilled and caring doctors in Canada. You would be wise to use one of them.
Flying soon after tummy tuck
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Flying 8 days after tummy tuck can be risky.
An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a big procedure that warrants proper planning to allow enough time for your body to heal and to deal with any potential issues, concerns, or complications that may arise.
I would encourage you to put safety and satisfaction above the possibility of saving money by traveling to Mexico for your procedure. Even the smallest of healing issues can make this gamble not.
All the best,
Remus Repta, MD
Flying 8 days after surgery in foreign country.
There are two issues in your scenario. The first is flying eight days after a tummy tuck and thigh liposuction. This is a set up for DVTs and other complications and is not recommended. The second, more concerning issue is Medical Tourism or having your surgery in a foreign country. You are risking your life and serious health problems that are not worth the risk. It would be a better choice to save your travel money and find a reputable plastic surgeon in your area to perform your procedure. Please reconsider and discuss with your family and medical professionals.
Thank you for the question.
Tummy tuck and liposuction are known combination to increase the likelihood of blood clots. I would recommend to separate the 2 procedures. If however, you are determined to do it that way, be sure during the flight, to drink lots of fluids , walk frequently and move your feet while sitting. That will reduce the risk, but there is no guarantee. Good luck.
I hope that you are aware that the tummy tuck operation is a major operation associated with significant risks/potential complications, even in the best of hands and under the best of circumstances. You are taking significant risk with your health, body, and outcome of surgery presumably for cost savings.
Flying after a tummy tuck
I think you should think twice about having a tummy tuck in a foreign country and then traveling a few days later. It is not a good idea. If you are considering doing this anyway, you may want to stay about two weeks minimum. Problems can still happen afterward, but less likely.
Flying 8 days after tummy tuck
Plastic surgery abroad and safe trave plans
The direct question that you have asked is whether or not it is safe to travel about a week after abdominoplasty and thigh liposuction. For a less intensive surgery like breast augmentation or eyelid surgery, this would not be an issue. But for a combined procedure such as abdominoplasty and moderate volume liposuction, I would strongly advise against. The risk of DVT is extremely low in plastic surgery, but the one procedure that puts you at the highest risk is abdominoplasty combined with liposuction. Often DVTs are seen 5-10 days after surgery, and prolonged immobility is known risk factor. This is not, however, the biggest concern that I would have for you. I would be much more concerned about having surgery abroad and then not having a way to be properly followed for post operative care. If the reason you are considering having a procedure in Cancun is the price point, consider the risk that you are taking. Complications are not supposed to happen, but they do from time to time. If you have a problem, it will be much more expensive to get things fixed than if you were to have the procedure closer to home. There are many great plastic surgeons in Canada. I would find one and minimize your risks and optimize the chances of you being safe and happy.