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Saturday, April 26, 2008 arlene, Community Member, asks

Q: can i fly after a masectomy and reconstruction?

i have had areconstruction in june 07 and on thurs 24th april 08 i had to have an implant replaced. will be safe totravel via air next week??

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
4/27/08 6:28am

Arlene, I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be safe to fly. If you're worried about air pressure issues, they keep the cabin pressurized so it just feels normal. The only thing I'd say is, be careful of your incision and watch for infections around the surgery site, just as you would if you weren't traveling. But if you have ANY doubts at all, call and ask to speak to your oncology nurse - she'll be able to set your mind at ease. Have a safe trip! - PJH

Angi, Community Member
4/27/08 1:41pm

I don't see any reason you cannot fly - but keep in mind that if you have had your lymph nodes removed, you will need a compression sleeve.  Otherwise your arm will swell and hurt like h-e-double l!


Also if you are fresh out of surgery and not quite "healed" you may want to ask your doctor - sometimes "healing" can take a long time before you get an ok just to do the simplest of tasks!


Hope that he/she okays it and you have a nice flight and safe trip!

kathy mcgovern, Community Member
6/ 8/10 9:43am

I had an LD breast reconstruction this last month.Iwould like to go on holiday some were warm. Thinking about two to three hours flight.Some concerns about flying and been in the sum. Can you let me

Thank you

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