At times patients travel far, sometimes even out of the country to undergo Rhinoplasty Toronto. This raises a very common question of whether it is safe to fly after the procedure. After every surgery, there are a certain set of guidelines that need to be followed. The following are some of the effects that flying can have on recovery and some recommendations for safety and comfort.
When to fly back home?
You may be able to fly back home within a week of your surgery, depending upon the length of the procedure and your health. As your surgeon understands the intricacies of the procedure it is better to discuss your travel plans with them before making any reservations. If your surgeon recommends you to wait for a longer duration before flying out, then it is always best to have a flexible flight schedule which could accommodate that.
What happens if you fly too soon after the surgery?
Bleeding is one of the biggest concerns of flying too soon after the surgery. After the procedure bleeding should be minimal. However, seepage or oozing for one or two days after the surgery is normal. During the healing process, the body is naturally clotting and repairing the blood vessels so there should be no shift in blood pressure or gravity which could potentially upset the whole process. When travelling by air the pressure of the cabin can be of concern. In case you are more prone to blood clots or bleeding, then it is wise to stay at least for a week or more before you can travel.
When you are flying there is a change in pressure which can increase the swelling of your facial tissues. Swelling and facial pressure are the most common post-operative symptoms. Though these symptoms can be a little annoying to deal with, they improve over the week. In case you have a long flight within the first few days after your flight, then it might worsen your swelling and could also prolong it. some patients also experience nausea and dizziness for a couple of days after undergoing anaesthesia. There might also be a loss of appetite. If you have a flight then your nausea might get worse. So it is always better to book flight after a buffer of a few days.
What affect does flying have?
Dry air which is circulated through the aircraft hurts the nasal passage even without surgery, so flying post-surgery can increase the risk of infection. The inflammation and dryness of the mucous membrane would resolve within a week to ten days. The surgeon will also prescribe you antibiotics after the operation. If you have travelled to see your surgeon, then it is better to stick around for almost a week to get for post-operation care and recovery. It is highly recommended to book your accommodation for a period which is enough for your post-op requirements and is cleared by your surgeon.