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Safety of air travel after apendectomy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi Dr XXXX here
Doctor :   How can i help u today ?
User :   I had an apendectomy 9 days ago and I wanted to know if it is safe to fly tomorrow
User :   im 18 and have never had any medical problems
User :   and there were no surgiacal complications
Doctor :   Do u have any symptoms of pain, abdominal distention , etc ?
Doctor :   Have u regained your bowel movements ?
User :   just a small amount of pain which they said is normal, and my abdomin is almost its regular size
User :   yes I have bowel movements
Doctor :   In that case, there are no contraindication for you to travel
User :   so it should be okay?
Doctor :   u can fly safely
Doctor :   yes
User :   would it be good to walk to plane occasionaly
User :   to prevent blood clot risk
Doctor :   yes, but take it safe and relax
Doctor :   do not lift any heavy weights
User :   when can I go back to sports
Doctor :   and wear a abdominal binder
Doctor :   sports will have to wait for atleast 3 months , so that the wound can heal better
User :   oh that is a very long time
Doctor :   was it a laparoscopic surgery ?
User :   even for cheerleading
User :   yes
User :   laparoscopic
Doctor :   In that case 1 months will be fine
User :   ok and what about tumbling
User :   like in gymnastics
User :   involves streching and flipping
Doctor :   6 weeks
User :   thank you so much
Doctor :   u r welcome
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