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Old 12-05-2004, 01:35 PM   #1
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Flying after bunion surgery?

Hi. I'm scheduled to have bunion surgery on the 16th of December and am wondering how long I have to wait before I can fly somewhere. I was hoping to fly somewhere for the holidays but I'm not sure if that's a good idea.
Thanks for the help in advance.

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Old 12-05-2004, 02:20 PM   #2
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Re: Flying after bunion surgery?

Flying for the holidays would be rough in my opinion. Remember you swell more in the air.

After my first surgery (both feet), I flew two months later for work (to Europe so a long trip). The flying went fine. I wore my surgical shoes and got help with those little electric carts because there are long walks from gates to baggage, etc. I got in trouble though because I overdid it terms of the shoes I wore (wanted to look "professional") and how much time I spent on my feet in general.

I'm 5 days post-op (needed surgery on both feet again) and can't imagine doing any traveling within the next month. I'd suggest you take it easy and don't push the recovery time. I actually think my overdoing two months after my first surgery might have contributed to both my feet moving back (and needing surgery again). Much better to err on the side of caution...IMHO


Old 12-06-2004, 01:59 PM   #3
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Re: Flying after bunion surgery?

I agree with the previous poster. . . I think it would be rough going. At two weeks post-op I wasnt even comfortable sitting on the sofa half the time, I cant imagine flying. If you DO opt to do it, try to arange some way that you can keep you foot elevated. You will NOt want to have it "down" for any length of time. . .

good luck!

Old 12-06-2004, 10:00 PM   #4
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Re: Flying after bunion surgery?

THanks so much to everybody who has posted. I still am feeling kinda daredevilish and think I'm going to try doing the flight. The people on Jet Blue are always so nice and accomadating so I think it won't be that bad. Plus, I'm sure the pain killers will help a bunch!!! lol

Old 12-07-2004, 10:45 AM   #5
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Re: Flying after bunion surgery?

right foot 7/23/04, left foot 11/22/04....My experience has been 7-10 days is a good breaking point. I came back to work after 7 days on the left foot & that was too soon. 10 was much better...but if you can elevate between 'legs' of your flight. (hehehe play on words) go for it. the excitement of the trip will keep you going.

Old 12-07-2004, 09:17 PM   #6
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Re: Flying after bunion surgery?

Hey Junior Member. Thanks for the advice. I'm gonna so risk it because I really want to go to the East COast for xmas. Plus, I get to be pushed around in a wheelchair around the airport. That also seems like kinda fun. I'm sure I'll have a blast, even if getting there is a pain in the butt.
Thanks for the help and words of encouragement. Best of luck to you.

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