07 February 2019

Risks for After Surgery Travel

A recent study of some 6,000 patients who had had had hip or knee replacement surgery and then flown within six days of the surgery were found to be three times more likely to develop a deep vein clot than those travelling by car. These “venous thromboembolism or VTE” as they are called can be deadly in some cases and anyone planning air travel in a short time after such surgery should first consult their doctor.

Fahd Mahmood-Clinical Research Fellow:Natl. Hospital Glasgow Scotland