It is true that a lot of use is driven by very busy schedules. That is why it comes as no surprise why some of you are asking if it is okay to travel right after your rhinoplasty surgery.
This is actually a good question especially if there is really a need to travel and also with the rise of medical tourism today, there sure will be some travelling time involved.
When it comes to travelling per se, regardless of the mode of transportation, most doctors would tell you that they prefer their patients to be close to them. In the instance that a problem would arise, such as in infection or bleeding, they could easily get on to it.
One of the major concerns when it comes to travelling is flying. A lot of patients are also concerned about how their newly operated nose would fare when their thousands of feet up in the air. This sprung out after those who had breast implants experienced problems while in flight.
Each doctor has their own post-operative instructions with regards to flying, and this would also depend on the extent of surgery that you have done.
Some surgeons allow their patients to travel a week after their surgery, while others go for two. Usually around this time the patient is cleared to fly. For those who may not be from the area, there are clinics who can arrange for your stay so that you can recuperate so that you can be well enough to travel.
There are also airlines who do not allow passengers who are still in their early recovery period. In some cases you might be wearing a cast over your nose, which would require a doctor’s note for you to be allowed to travel. So you might want to factor that in before booking your ticket.
The issues that surgeons have with travelling include pain, bleeding, infections and nausea.
Did you know that air can also be trapped inside the tissues of your nose after rhinoplasty surgery? It takes approximately seven days for this to be absorbed, that is why travelling within this time period could cause pain and discomfort because the air present within the tissue can expand in flight. A temporary sinus dysfunction which creates a sinus block can also be painful.
You are most vulnerable to bleeding during the first 7-10 days after surgery. With the recirculated air inside the plane, this could increase your risk of bleeding especially during long flights. The real concern here is the time delay of the medical treatment that you could receive.
Due to the break in the integrity of your skin, any chance of infection is present. But the risk is higher when you go travelling somewhere else. The type of transportation, the environment inside and the people you are exposed to are all possible portals of infection.
You can get easily air sick especially if you are still on post-operative medications. There is a high chance that this could be accompanied by vomiting, which can also lead to nose bleeds.
There are so many factors that you will be exposed to which has the high likelihood of prolonging your healing time, or worse, create complications.
To be extra safe some surgeons they would depend on the amount of time that the sutures heal before they allow the patient to travel.
Aside from the mode of transportation, other concerns when it comes to travelling are lifting baggage and also the overall hustle involved in the trip. This can put the nose at risk for harm and even injury.
You should even avoid getting exposed to the sun as your nose heals for at least six weeks. This is because not only are the inner structures still fragile but the skin as well. Sunburns can damage the top layer which could make the traumatized skin heal longer.
To minimize problems when it comes to flying after rhinoplasty surgery, you can use nasal decongestant sprays to help you deal better with the changes in pressure and equalization.
Before anything else, map out your travelling schedule and your surgical and recovery time. To make it safer for you, give yourself enough time to recuperate. But in certain cases where travelling is unavoidable, discuss this thoroughly with your surgeon.
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