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Old 20th Nov 2004, 17:39   #1 (permalink)
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Blood clot - how soon can you fly

Was diagnosed with a blood clot in my right leg a couple of days ago. Am on blood thinning injections and will probably end up on warfarin. If all ends up ok, the big question is how long will it be before I can fly (1) shorthaul, less than two hours (2) longhaul.

Timing couldn't be worse as I am meant to be flying (shorthaul) for Christmas and then off to the Far East early next year. It is a b****r. I am also meant to be going in for surgery next week as well. It never rains but ......

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Old 20th Nov 2004, 19:24   #2 (permalink)

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Sorry to hear about that. Your doctor will be the best one to advise on when to fly.
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Old 21st Nov 2004, 07:25   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Rollingthunder, am not due to see a doc until Wednesday the injections are being given by the nurse.

I was just wondering if anyone had any experience of this or knew of somone who has been in the same position just to give me some idea.

I am due to go and see my daughter who has just started her first job as a first officer with an airline up north and I just want to see her fly after all the trials and tribulations of training and job hunting.

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Old 28th Nov 2004, 13:44   #4 (permalink)
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Danger Flying with DVT

I fly helicopters and often spend longs hours in the seat, I had a DVT late last year in my leg, I am not a doctor and a docs advice is always best however it is a common myth that DVT is directly related to flying. It has nothing to do with altitude at all. its all about the seating position and leg movement. Bus, truck and train drivers are all just as likley to get a DVT as a flyer. If I were you and you cant wait for the docs advice I would get down to the local chemist and get some "pressure stockings" and try for an exit row or treat your self to business class. Try to move around alot during the flight as well, and stay well hydrated as well, not with beer!
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