When can I travel / fly on an airplane?
You may begin to travel and/or fly on an airplane at 1-2 weeks after your surgery.
If you had a total joint replacement (hip or knee), we advise you to walk up and down the aisle for a couple of minutes at least once every hour you are on the airplane. This will help keep blood from pooling in your legs and prevent a clot from developing. These same patients will also need to take one tablet of full strength aspirin (Ecotrin/ASA 325 mg) twice a day on the day before, day of, and day after travel. This should be done for the first 6 weeks after surgery.