A hip replacement surgery is a serious intervention and it should be treated as such even after the operation because it comes with certain precautions that need to be followed. These precautions as well as the doctor’s instructions will lead to a safer and faster recovery.
Travelling can be done quick after a hip surgery as long as the doctor’s recommendations are properly followed. You can fly as soon as a week after your operation but you have to consider a short flight in order to be completely on the safe side.
If you intend to take a longer flight, you will need to wait for up to 3 months. The risks of taking a long flight too early after a hip surgery are multiple but the most important risk is the delay of the healing and the significant discomfort that you might feel during and after your trip.
Also, such a flight will most likely limit the blood flow since you will not be moving very much while you are in the airplane and walking is out of question.
And last but not least, you might get dehydrated if the airplane is lacking the proper level of humidity that your body needs. You have to follow these instructions to avoid an episode of deep vein thrombosis.
It is also important to visit your doctor before you schedule your flight just to make sure that you are ready for it and you don’t risk any complications.
When you are travelling by car, the problems stay the same in terms of not moving for a long period of time which comes with the same risks that flying brings . Basically, there is no significant difference for your hip and general health when it comes to travelling by car or by plane since the recommendations are the same.
If you are enjoying a vacation soon after a hip intervention, you might want to avoid long walks and try the buses as well as a city buses more than relying on the strength of your legs. In time you will get all that strength back but pushing yourself before that time comes can bring severe consequences.
Also, try to choose a nice and cozy pool over swimming in the sea or ocean so you won’t force your hip more than it is necessary.
If you do take a flight soon after a hip surgery, make sure to avoid alcohol for the entire flight and even before and after it because alcohol can get you more dehydrated. Also, massage your leg muscles constantly as you sit in the airplane in order to increase blood circulation and avoid complications.
By following these tips, your trip should go smoothly and safely so you can enjoy it as much as possible. In all situations, follow your doctor’s instructions before taking any decision regarding your travelling plans following a hip surgery and make sure to relax as much as your body needs.