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Two weeks post op disc replacement-Long plane ride,..need advice

rabelchethrrabelcheth Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi folks

Tomorrow I will be 2 weeks post op for a cervical disc replacement c3/4. I see my surgeon for my 2 week follow up on Tuesday, and assuming that goes well, I will board no fewer than three airplanes to get me back to Naples, Italy, where I currently reside.

I am nervous about the long flight, which is about 8 hours. Even with a travel pillow around me, I cannot comfortably rest (put my head down) as I am used to doing every few hours here.
The pain meds do manage the pain for the most part (but I HATE them).

I am seriously considering paying a ton of money to upgrade to business so that I can recline.

Has any one had to deal with this?


  • i was told by my top consultant that i could NOT fly for 6 week post op ..that's why i took my holiday before the operation ALIF last year .please get some medical advice
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • with Tony to speak with your surgeon about travel. I have heard from many people who have gone overseas for adr surgery, and the majority of them upgraded to business, executive class so that they could fully recline their seats for comfort.

    Make sure to get up and walk around often to stretch.Do you have any TED (compression stockings)?
    If I was travelling I would want to wear them to help prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis)as well as walking around often. I wore TEDS for the first month to six weeks...until more mobile.

    Hope that you are doing well, you must be looking forward to getting back home for recovery.

    >:D< Karen

    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • Thanks!

    The appt. went well. He gave me a collar to help on the plane, and he did tell me to make sure to get up regularly to avoid DVT.

    I am also allowed to get off the heavier drugs if I want. Yippee! So, I will keep roxy at hand, but am hoping to make it through the rest of my recovery on Naprosyn and Baclofen.

    Here's hoping!

    ACDR C3/4 May 21, 2012
  • Great news! =D> Glad to hear that you are doing so well!

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
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