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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for some info/advice from those of you with a medical background.

My parents are flying to Croatia at the end of the week for a short holiday. The thing is my Dad underwent varicose vein surgery on one of his legs last week and is suffering from a pretty bad ulcer on the other one. He's determined to go on holidays, because he had to cancel a trip exactly this time last year because of his veins again.

He seems to be doing okay since the procedure but his leg is sore and he is on an antibiotic for it. He wont talk to the doctor about this, in case he's told he has to stay at home.

Yes, he is stubborn.

Anyway, I'm a bit worried that he's flying too soon after the surgery. Is he putting himself at serious risk or will he be okay if he wears a compression stocking and moves about during the flight?

Any advice anyone?

Ev ;)

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Try this link Ev:

How soon can you fly after varicose veins surgery?

He should be just fine with the compression stockings and keeping his legs active during the flight. It is also recommended that he recline the seat as far back as it will go during the flight. It allows for better blood flow to the legs. Hopefully he will have an aisle seat, making it easier for him to stand and move about the cabin.

As for the ulceration - is it located high or low on the leg? That is, will it be covered by the compression stockings? That's not a problem, provided he covers the ulcer with a gauze bandage to keep the stocking from irritating the wound.

As long as he follows his doctor's original instruction for care of the surgical wounds and ulceration, and finishes all of his antibiotics - he should have no problems taking his holiday. You know he's going to go anyway!!! ;) Keeping the wounds clean and dry, being able to move his legs during the flight, and wearing his stockings should be all that is required.

Hope this helps! ;)

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Thanks Isa, had just come across that link too and I sent it to him to try and scare him into ringing the consultant.

I'll pass on your advice to him also. Hopefully, he'll follow orders this time. He normally sits for the whole flight, so I hope he makes an effort this time.

Why are men so pig-headed? although that's a topic that requires a WHOLE NEW THREAD.