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Travelling After Hip Surgery

How will you be travelling after hip surgery?

Car, taxi, plane or public transport - each has it's own set of problems.

For a few weeks post-op you'll only be able to travel as a passenger in a car or taxi. That sounds simple enough doesn't it? But you really need to know the right and the wrong way to get in and out of a car safely. Doing it wrong can mean a dislocation.

If you are a driver then you'll soon be yearning to get behind the wheel again. But when is it safe to start driving and how do you get in and out whilst holding your walking aids?

Before you even open the car door I recommend you also read Driving After a Hip Replacement which covers a different set of issues focusing on how your operation and medication will affect your reaction times and alerts you to factors that will invalidate your insurance.

But if you're not a driver you'll be travelling by public transport as I was. It can be tricky but is entirely possible as long as you follow this well-researched advice. We look at buses, trains and tubes (aka subways or metros).

Finally how about jetting off to the sun for a well-deserved holiday (or to that work conference). How soon can you consider flying after a hip replacement? What is the best way to get the most leg room? How can you best avoid DVT? And what really happens at security?

One thing for certain is that travelling after hip surgery is vital (how else will you get to the hospital for your check up). It also allows you to get out of the house and breath a bit of fresh air, see some new faces and enjoy the outside world again after being cooped up.

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