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Libby724

Flying after Gastric Bypass

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I have not scheduled my surgery yet but I am looking down the road about 3 months at my schedule. I have a few trips coming up that I will need to take where I have to fly. Does anyone know how long after surgery can you fly? I will be having my Gastric Bypass Laproscopically if that helps?

Thanks

Libby

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I was tentatively cleared for a road trip at 3 weeks out, barring complications. I don't know about flying though.

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My daughter flew to Hawaii quite soon after hers... no problems

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That's a good question. I hadn't thought about that and will be flying 4-5 months post-op

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There are some people who fly long distances to have their surgery and then fly home days afterwards. Not my idea of a good time to be sure but I guess it's doable. Make sure your doctor is aware and follow their instructions to the letter.

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I'd avoid it for a couple of weeks, especially after laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon will pump your abdomen full of gas to be able to manoeuvre the instruments, and not all of that gas can be released immediately when they close, the body has to reabsorb it. When the aeroplane gains height, the pressure in the cabin drops and the gas expands, and that will cause pain - in the abdomen, and in the shoulders.* It's unlikely to cause harm, but could be seriously unpleasant.

*The gas isn't actually travelling to the shoulders, but trapped under the diaphragm. But in embryo, the diaphragm develops in the shoulder then migrates down, and the nerves stay connected - so irritation of the diaphragm is perceived as pain in the shoulder.

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I flew 2 months post op. I was fine!

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