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getting on a plane after ACDF

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I am about to do this surgery (ACDF corpectomy C4, c5 plus fusion and fixation) - I live in Europe but would like to do the surgery in the States (13 hours flight). I will stay with my brother, but need to plan the staying/recovery time before getting on a plane back home to Europe. The neurosugeon told me that after 2-3 weeks it will be possible. From your experiences, it it realistic? how does the post-op feel like? I need to buy a rould trip ticket but I dont know for how long I will need to stay...
Thanks for your help (I am so scared doing this surgery away from home...)


  • Talk to your dr, and schedule something a week later than what he tells you as the recovery time needed. If you are feeling better sooner, try calling the airline and try to go standby on a earlier flight. Remember that the change in pressure will effect you. We all become human barometers after any spinal surgery.
  • going to india to have my lumbar spinal surgery done. the reason for this was I was having to wait so long for the operation & I was running out of paitence & was sick of the constant pain. I found a hospital & a surgeon I was happy with - but in the end I couldn't raise the money circa £25,000, I would have had to remortgage my house & this scared me given the condition I was in - it certainly wasn't sitting in my back pocket!!LOL. I was advised that I would have to spend up to a week in hospital & then stay local to the hospital for another 3 weeks at least before they recommended that I flew home to the UK as it would have been a 12-16 hour flight from Mumbai. In the end I had to wait another 6 months (18 month wait in total) & had it done on the NHS in the UK - to have it done privately in the UK would ahve cost circa £45,000 !!! I hope this helps you in some way regards db
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  • thanks, my insurance pays for the surgery - so this is not a problem. They will not pay for flights and stay, but I stay with family. The real issue is what will be my condition after the cervical corpectomy... The doctor said after 2 weeks I can be on a plane! it might be true medically from his point of view, but reading other people experiences, it seems a bit optimistic.
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