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Flying after surgery

Please contact your airline to inform them of your operation, the date of surgery and any slings or special assistance needs you have.  

After upper limb surgery, the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), which rarely results in life-threatening Pulmonary Embolism, is extremely low.  However, flying soon after surgery will theoretically increase this risk.  If you must fly soon after surgery (within a month), please let your surgeon know, so he can advise on the need for extra medication (aspirin or blood-thinning injections) to minimize your risk of DVT.