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    Posted: 06 Jun 2012 at 11:49am
Nightmare Situation. Had keyhole surgery to remove my appendix on sunday morning, I'm due to fly to the Euros tomorrow evening.  MY GP rang me last night to say I should leave it 7 days before flying due to gases etc., however online British Airways site amongst others states that they allow passengers to fly 4 days after an appendectomy. Also other sites say that an appendectomy is a minor abdominal surgery and would need less time to go and fly than the 10 days they recommend for other abdominal surgeries. 

Anyone have any experience or advice for this situation?? I'm trying to decide whether to take my flight tomorrow or book a flight for the weekend/start of next week instead.
 


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No idea, but check your insurance, if something was to happen the insurance company might not pay out if you are flying against your doctor's advice.
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If it was me I'd take the gamble
But if you can get a reasonable flight a few days later you would probably be better off for ease of mind at least
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Cheers lads, forgot to add in that both my doctor in the hospital who performed and surgery and nurses both stated that I would be fine to fly and never even mentioned to me that there may be trouble in the slightest!
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f**k it so, off you go, I'd take the word of the surgeon over a GP any day.
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I advise against it. I got mine out and after a week they found out that what had leaked got into my stomach. If yours didn't break...eh well... I'm not a doctor.



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Generally doctors will err on the side of caution for these sort of things....as long as you have been resting and taking it easy up until flight time and then get the flight, i would suspect it should be okay, but i would take it handy for first two days in poland*....
 
 
 
 
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Originally posted by WindBag WindBag wrote:

Generally doctors will err on the side of caution for these sort of things....as long as you have been resting and taking it easy up until flight time and then get the flight, i would suspect it should be okay, but i would take it handy for first two days in poland*....
 
 
 
 
*I am not a doctor, so i will ask Lurleen what she thinks,..she's a nurse and might have better opinion than the rest of us.

Cheers Windbag, all replies appreciated lads.  Yeah to be honest I was dead set on flying tomorrow until  my GP rang and voiced her concerns, the Surgeon and Nurses in the hospital seemed more interested in getting me out of there as quick as possible.  Feeling a bit stiff in my stomach and quite gassy so still really have no idea what to do
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Originally posted by corkery corkery wrote:

I advise against it. I got mine out and after a week they found out that what had leaked got into my stomach. If yours didn't break...eh well... I'm not a doctor.


Had your appendix ruptured corkery??
mine had come very close to rupturing but hadn't actually reached that point, which is why only keyhole and not full opening me up was needed.
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Originally posted by sheasy sheasy wrote:

Originally posted by corkery corkery wrote:

I advise against it. I got mine out and after a week they found out that what had leaked got into my stomach. If yours didn't break...eh well... I'm not a doctor.


Had your appendix ruptured corkery??
mine had come very close to rupturing but hadn't actually reached that point, which is why only keyhole and not full opening me up was needed.
Ya it did, broke a day or two before I knew it. I got the keyhole surgery and they said it looked like it didn't spread, a week later I got sick on the way out of hospital and they put some tube thingy in me to get the posion out. You said yours didn't rupture so you won't have the hassle I had.
 
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Originally posted by corkery corkery wrote:

Originally posted by sheasy sheasy wrote:

Originally posted by corkery corkery wrote:

I advise against it. I got mine out and after a week they found out that what had leaked got into my stomach. If yours didn't break...eh well... I'm not a doctor.


Had your appendix ruptured corkery??
mine had come very close to rupturing but hadn't actually reached that point, which is why only keyhole and not full opening me up was needed.
Ya it did, broke a day or two before I knew it. I got the keyhole surgery and they said it looked like it didn't spread, a week later I got sick on the way out of hospital and they put some tube thingy in me to get the posion out. You said yours didn't rupture so you won't have the hassle I had.
 
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Ah well sure jasus I dunno now, they didnt say it ruptured they just said it was very nasty but were able to keep it to keyhole. I had the tube thing in me (to get rid of the excess blood and other stuff that your probably on about) for the 2 days I was in hospital.

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Originally posted by sheasy sheasy wrote:

Cheers lads, forgot to add in that both my doctor in the hospital who performed and surgery and nurses both stated that I would be fine to fly and never even mentioned to me that there may be trouble in the slightest!

On this advise I would fly. I had brain surgery and I flew about 2 weeks later my GP said not to but my surgeon said I could I went with the surgeons advise. If your really worried ring the surgeon up and just confirm it with him.  
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Originally posted by sheasy sheasy wrote:

Cheers lads, forgot to add in that both my doctor in the hospital who performed and surgery and nurses both stated that I would be fine to fly and never even mentioned to me that there may be trouble in the slightest!

On this advise I would fly. I had brain surgery and I flew about 2 weeks later my GP said not to but my surgeon said I could I went with the surgeons advise. If your really worried ring the surgeon up and just confirm it with him.  

Ya cheers SGB trying to get through to my surgeon at the moment, seems he may be finished for the day though.  What would give me the most hope is the fact that on British Airways website (bear in mind im flying with ryanair, but obviously BA are a massive airline) it says that they let passengers fly 4 days after an Appendectomy.  This to me says surely it can't be that much of a risk
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Originally posted by sheasy sheasy wrote:

Originally posted by ShayGivensBum ShayGivensBum wrote:

Originally posted by sheasy sheasy wrote:

Cheers lads, forgot to add in that both my doctor in the hospital who performed and surgery and nurses both stated that I would be fine to fly and never even mentioned to me that there may be trouble in the slightest!

On this advise I would fly. I had brain surgery and I flew about 2 weeks later my GP said not to but my surgeon said I could I went with the surgeons advise. If your really worried ring the surgeon up and just confirm it with him.  

Ya cheers SGB trying to get through to my surgeon at the moment, seems he may be finished for the day though.  What would give me the most hope is the fact that on British Airways website (bear in mind im flying with ryanair, but obviously BA are a massive airline) it says that they let passengers fly 4 days after an Appendectomy.  This to me says surely it can't be that much of a risk

Get on to your doctors SHO or one of his team one of them will be doing their rounds. They should give you a call back if you tell them you need urgent enough advise. Did you GP specify a reason for ringing you up and telling you not to fly. did your surgeon contact her or anything ?
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Originally posted by ShayGivensBum ShayGivensBum wrote:

Originally posted by sheasy sheasy wrote:

Originally posted by ShayGivensBum ShayGivensBum wrote:

Originally posted by sheasy sheasy wrote:

Cheers lads, forgot to add in that both my doctor in the hospital who performed and surgery and nurses both stated that I would be fine to fly and never even mentioned to me that there may be trouble in the slightest!

On this advise I would fly. I had brain surgery and I flew about 2 weeks later my GP said not to but my surgeon said I could I went with the surgeons advise. If your really worried ring the surgeon up and just confirm it with him.  

Ya cheers SGB trying to get through to my surgeon at the moment, seems he may be finished for the day though.  What would give me the most hope is the fact that on British Airways website (bear in mind im flying with ryanair, but obviously BA are a massive airline) it says that they let passengers fly 4 days after an Appendectomy.  This to me says surely it can't be that much of a risk

Get on to your doctors SHO or one of his team one of them will be doing their rounds. They should give you a call back if you tell them you need urgent enough advise. Did you GP specify a reason for ringing you up and telling you not to fly. did your surgeon contact her or anything ?

MY GP was sent through details of my appendectomy by the hospital.  She rang me last night to see how I was getting on, I mentioned Poland, she then told me that I shouldn't fly until 7 days after surgery due to the fact that where my appendix was connected to my bowel has been stitched and these stitches could pop at 30000 feet and this would leave me in serious trouble.  She said she used to work for an airline before she became a GP and 7 days was the airlines policy for this very reason.  all sounds very drastic to me.


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You should be fine to fly but just limit your dutch gold intake to 10 cans on the plane.

On a serious note thats a standard caution after any kind of surgery, im sure you ll be fine but do whatever makes ya feel comfortable
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Check your travel insurance and make sure you are covered. If you are and your surgeon says it is OK then I would go if I were you. Airlines will always cover their ass no matter what and personally I think this is what their 7 day rule is about. As for your insurance, if they will not cover you then get a letter from your surgeon saying you are fit to fly and that should sort that issue. 
If you had your surgery on Sunday Morning then your stitches will be 5 and a half days old when you fly. After this length of time the wound inside you should be knitting well. Imagine the stitches were on the outside where you could see them. If sutures/stitches are to be removed they will normally be taken out after 7 days (10 if it is not healing or is a very thick piece of flesh you are suturing) but after 5 days the incision/wound will be knitted together and the sutures are there to reinforce it. You would have to be very unlucky to burst them.
 
However I would advise taking it easy for the first few days over there. If you had laproscopic surgery the surgeon will have used CO2 gas to inflate your tummy. This lets them see where they are going with their camera and little instruments. This gas can shift and this in my opinion is where the only issue with flying may come in. This gas can give you severe shoulder pain but again by day 5 post op this should not be a major issue. Go easy on the booze and eat plenty of proper food (not greasy crap)as you do not want to irritate your gut any more than the surgery already has.
 
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Originally posted by sheasy sheasy wrote:

Nightmare Situation. Had keyhole surgery to remove my appendix on sunday morning, I'm due to fly to the Euros tomorrow evening.  MY GP rang me last night to say I should leave it 7 days before flying due to gases etc., however online British Airways site amongst others states that they allow passengers to fly 4 days after an appendectomy. Also other sites say that an appendectomy is a minor abdominal surgery and would need less time to go and fly than the 10 days they recommend for other abdominal surgeries. 

Anyone have any experience or advice for this situation?? I'm trying to decide whether to take my flight tomorrow or book a flight for the weekend/start of next week instead.
 
 
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