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Offline GreenPigeon

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Long flight risks - 10 weeks after Tibial Plateau fracture
« on: June 07, 2018, 08:22:04 AM »
Hi everyone,

It's been 10 weeks since I was in an accident that got me a Tibial Plateau fracture without displacement. My leg has been inmobilized until 4 weeks ago, when I started recovering ROM (still at 90) and I have started with partial weight bearing 2 weeks ago. I am now living in Vietnam and for a few reasons (including the obvious) I am flying home (Barcelona) on Saturday.
It was a pretty sudden decision and I didn't think too much about how a 11h flight would affect my knee. My knee is still swollen and after reading about it I'm really worried about DVT.
How worried should I be? Should I reconsider flying home? Any tips on how to reduce the risk?
I'm really worried...

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Re: Long flight risks - 10 weeks after Tibial Plateau fracture
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2018, 09:10:38 AM »
Hi Greenpidgeon

I am sorry to hear about your ordeal, specially away from home! Hope you have a speedy recovery.

I totally understand your concerns about long flights and I would suggest talking to your doctor initially.

As from my experience, I was 5 weeks NWB and now I am on my first week trying to walk. I have been wearing compression stalkings for the whole of 5 weeks NWB.

I spoke to my OS about flying and I had the following advice:

1) No flying until July 18 (I had my op at the end of April)
2) Flying from July until September - Compression stalkings and he will prescribe me blood thinners.

But each case is different so maybe talking to a doctor will be better for your circumstances.

My OS approach is quite conservative and also I had quite complex surgery on my knee.

Good luck with your recovery!
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