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Offline Kirst

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Can i fly after a knee dislocation?
« on: February 16, 2012, 01:09:08 PM »
I dislocated my knee about 2 and a half weeks ago, i was in a half cast for a week and am now in a brace and crutches, to me it feels like it s getting better, however still tender and swollen, i have a flight booked to south africa from london in  2 weeks (i have my mri scan next week)  and wonder if i can fly? Its a long flight about 11 hours and i would love to go but have been warned of the risk of DVT? Would i be at risk? Any advice would be great!!! As well as any estimate on how long till complete healing? Thanks a million  :)  :)

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Re: Can i fly after a knee dislocation?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 06:26:22 PM »
Dislocated your knee (ie multiple ligament injuries) or dislocated your patella?
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Re: Can i fly after a knee dislocation?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 08:31:14 PM »
I am not sure to be honest,, the orthopedic Doctor at the fracture clinic just said that it is a dislocated knee and that i would recieve my next appointment for the scan in the post. And that there were no broken bones on the xrays only a floating knee cap. The doctor also said that he could not do a scan that day as there was to much swelling.

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Re: Can i fly after a knee dislocation?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012, 10:03:54 AM »
That would be a dislocated patella, then. With a dislocated knee, there is usually rupture of the several major ligaments (cruciate and collateral) and surgery is complex and there is a long rehab. In that case flying would likely be a real problem.

If it is the kneecap that dislocated that would be less of a problem.

The Chester Knee Clinic offers advice for anyone after arthroscopic surgery - not quite the same as a patellar dislocation but the advice would still be relevant. Scroll down to the bottom of the page on this link - http://www.kneeclinic.info/problems_arthroscopic_surgery.php
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Re: Can i fly after a knee dislocation?
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2012, 09:45:05 PM »
Thank you so much for your help and advice!!!  :) waiting for my mri scan now... Hoping i get positive feedback. It is my left knee and it mainly hurts on the right side (inner leg) not to clued up on terms as yet but this site is helping me get more knowledge on knee injuries, terminology and the structure of the knee, thankful to brush up on my knowledge before the scan so i know what to ask about.
Thank you!  :)

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Re: Can i fly after a knee dislocation?
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2012, 01:33:39 AM »
Here is a little dictionary definition to get you started with the words - http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/patellofemoral-dislocation

and maybe this will help - http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/node/2160

followed by this - http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/node/2198

« Last Edit: February 19, 2012, 01:35:49 AM by The KNEEguru »
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