Re: Anticipating airplane trip!
while I haven't had that extreme of a surgery, flying has been a concern for me ever since my issues started in 1999. I remember my doc gave me specific instructions about flying. Of course, non helped. He said to get up and walk the cabin. Well, easy to say, but it is hard to do!! Either the seat belt sign is on or the attendants are up and down serving drinks etc...
I make sure I have plenty of pain medication, to start. Recently I have brought my own pillow, for my head though. I can't tolerate pillows in my lumbar region, no matter how small.
You can always get a letter from your doc, and see how the crew can accomodate you. I would though, talk to the doc who did your surgery. He can give you the best answer. Good luck, I fly this coming weekend on a red-eye from NV to MO. We leave at one am and get in at eight am. I have to take a flexoril to make it through the overnight flights, and my pain meds.