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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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.
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.
- 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.
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I don't think 8 days is nearly enough for recovery froma tummy tuck in another country. Even if all goes well, you're cutting it too close. Also, the risk of clots on the airplane from immobility for several hours is real and can be quite serious. I would not recommend it.
Flying soon after tummy tuck
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.
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.